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Volunteers Continue To Battle Water Chestnut Threat

MINETTO, NY – As has been done over the last several years, the pulling of pulling water chestnuts from the Battle Island area of the Oswego River was started this past weekend.

Rena Bastian uses her rake to grab and pull in the water chestnuts
Rena Bastian uses her rake to grab and pull in the water chestnuts

This year, neighbors of Battle Island and members of the Oswego County Environmental Management Council participated in the pull.

The Battle Island area along with the old Oswego lock nearby, are of significant historical importance and a popular fishing and canoeing/kayaking location.

Each nutlet of the water chestnut plant can produce multiple plants, with each plant producing multiple nutlets.

Don Hall brings in a basket of collected Water Chestnuts
Don Hall brings in a basket of collected Water Chestnuts

As advocated by Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, a grassroots effort by hand-pulling can remove the water chestnuts from thinly spread out areas, where the mats of chestnuts have not formed yet.

By snapping off the stem about 18″ below the floating rosette, the plant will die.

Another pull is being planned for the area.

Water chestnuts are developing in the old Oswego lock/canal area.

If interested in helping with the hand-pulling, please contact Dick Drosse at 343-4565.

Sandy Bonanno shows the rosette of the chestnut
Sandy Bonanno shows the rosette of the chestnut
Rosette of the Water Chestnut
Rosette of the Water Chestnut