Water Chestnut Hand-Pulling event a Success!

Volunteers cleaning the Mystic on Aug. 28thOn Saturday, August 28th over 30 volunteers joined Groundwork Somerville,  the Mystic River Watershed Association and the Friends of the Mystic River, in an effort to remove invasive water chestnut from the Mystic River in Medford.   Using canoes, kayaks, and small boats, volunteers pulled the plants out of the water by hand. After 4 hours of working, volunteers removed 372 baskets of water chestnuts - no small feat! That's at least 7,500 pounds of plant material that will be sent to a local compost facility.

Thanks to all who participated! A special thanks to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority crew.