Volunteer Pluckers Win Over Water Chestnuts

Volunteer Pluckers Win Over Water Chestnuts

European water chestnut rosettes cover the surface of Lake Delmont

SCHWENKSVILLE PA – Volunteers working to eradicate invasive European water chestnut plants that have taken over lakes, ponds and creeks of the Perkiomen Watershed have two removal sessions planned for the remainder of July (2017), according to the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, 1 Skippack Pike.

Water chestnuts are scheduled to be plucked Saturday (July 15) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Ruth Pond in Sellersville; and July 28 (Friday) from noon to 4 p.m. at Lake Delmont in Marlborough Township. The conservancy is asking area residents who can donate a few hours of time to join teams in eradicating infestation sites.

“After a dozen years of battling this foe, we finally have it on the run,” conservancy Executive Director Ryan Beltz wrote in the organization’s monthly newsletter, but added help is still needed to eliminate the exotic species.

To sign up, send an e-mail to Conservation Coordinator Jessie Kemper, here.

Photo from the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy