Pulling water chestnuts. / David Messina photoPhoto by David Mussina

Teams in watercraft helped remove water chestnuts from the Arlington Reservoir from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28.

Groups using canoes and kayaks or working on land were needed. Individual volunteers joined with others.

Those involved provided a boat, gloves, paddle and life jackets.

Sandals or water shoes were recommended, as were washable clothes that you don't mind getting wet and dirty. 

Meet at the boat launch near the parking lot by noon at 210 Lowell St.

If the lot is full, you can park along Lowell Street or the lot at 25 Drake Road and then walk to the boat launch by Lowell Street.

What’s so bad about water chestnuts? They spread rapidly over the surface of waterways, crowding out native plants and altering the water chemistry.

Then, in the fall when the plants die, their decomposition draws down the dissolved oxygen which fish and other aquatic animals need to survive.

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This news announcement was published Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, based on information provided by a post on Meetup.com from Johanna M. and David W.