SOS Board member Dan McCullough harvested 6 bags of immature water chestnuts at the old trestle marina last week. This site will need to be revisited later this month as some weeds were inaccessible due to docks and large boats. Dan did a lot of outreach with boaters. We will provide them with some invasive species materials at that visit so that they know what they’re looking at!
Sodus Bay Annual Water Chestnut Pull –
Each year volunteers help with a water chestnut hand-pull harvest. In July helpers turn out in canoes and kayaks
The water chestnut is an invasive plant that can clog waterways, cause fish kills, tangle up boats and lower the value of shoreline property. To help with the effort to control aquatic invasive species we pull them out because these plants grow very rapidly and if not managed, they out-compete native aquatic vegetation and form impenetrable floating mats on water surace.
These mats create a hazard for boaters. The density of the mats can severely limit light penetration into the water and reduce or eliminate the growth of native aquatic plants beneath the canopy.
The reduced plant growth combined with the decomposition of the water chestnut plants which die back each year can result in reduced levels of dissolved oxygen in the water, impact other aquatic organisms, and potentially lead to fish kills.
Another effect of dense populations of water chestnut is the migration of small fish from under the canopy to the edges of the vegetative mat. That in turn leads to concentration of larger game fish attracted to the veritable “smorgasbord” at the fringe.
July 23, SATURDAY – from 9 a.m. till noon – Emerald Point of the Second Creek
July 23, SATURDAY – from 9 a.m. till noon – Clark Creek & Spiegel Drive
July 30, Saturday, from 9 a.m. till noon – at the Bay Bridge
Emerald Point of the SECOND CREEK – Use an orange weed harvesting machine as the landmark – July 23, Saturday, from 9 a.m. till noon
CLARK Creek & Spiegel Drive – July 23, Saturday, from 9 a.m. till noon
The BAY BRIDGE – July 30, Saturday, from 9 a.m. till noon