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(PORTLANDVILLE) – Otsego County Conservation Association is seeking volunteers to help hand-pull water chestnut plants at Goodyear Lake in Portlandville on Saturday, August 4 from 1 to 4pm.

“We removed two hundred pounds of plants in early July, it’s time to get out and take out the regrowth,” said Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director. “We’re need to get as much out of it before it drops seeds later this summer.”

An invasive aquatic plant from eastern Europe introduced into the United States in the mid-1800s, water chestnut forms rosettes of leaves that float on the water’s surface. Left uncontrolled, the rosettes block sunlight and crowd out native vegetation. In late summer, the plant develops spiny nuts that fall to the bottom and can potentially cause injury to swimmers. OCCA and the Goodyear Lake Association have been working together since 2006 to eradicate the plant and keep it from spreading.

OCCA has a limited number of canoes for volunteers to borrow, or they can bring their own. Volunteers can sign up at occainfo.org or by calling OCCA at (607) 282-4087.  Meet at the Goodyear Lake Fishing Access Site on State Route 28 in Portlandville, just south of County Road 35A.

Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, research, resource management, advocacy, planning and practice. For more information, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

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