On July 25th, Saturday, 15 volunteers from SOS, Wayne County Soil & Water from Hilary Mosher’s team paddled to the Second Creek to harvest water chestnuts, an invasive specie to Sodus Bay.
For those that don’t know – Hillary Mosher is Director of the Finger Lakes Institute in Geneva. She is also chairperson of the Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM). As such she is charged with finding and eradicating all invasive species in the region. She has a very small budget and relies on groups like Save Our Sodus to get things done.
Some volunteers have been doing it a number of years. Based on their observation, this year’s harvest wasn’t as bountiful as in the previous years – WHICH IS A GREAT THING!
The weather was sunny, albeit a bit windy. The water was warm and everybody had a lot of fun pulling out water chestnuts.
Beautiful Water lilies, Pickerel weed, and small white flowers that looked like aquatic violets cheered our volunteers.
Some photos from that expedition are below. You can click them to enlarge.