Paddle with a Purpose, and Help Save the Connecticut River from an Invasive Plant

You can volunteer to help the CT River Conservancy rid the Connecticut River of an invasive plant that has a name beloved by Chinese food lovers: the water chestnut. However, this water chestnut is an invader from Europe that clogs waterways, lakes, and ponds, and alters aquatic habitats. The plants have to be hand pulled, but they come easily.

water chestnuts

The catch is that the event is BYOB – Bring Your Own Boat (rowboat, kayak, canoe, whatever). A few shallow draft motor boats are especially needed to help shuttle plants back to land.

Water chestnut pulling will occur in two locations on five different days:

Mattabesset  Meadows, Middletown
Saturdays 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | June 10 & 24 | July 8

Keeney Cove, Glastonbury
Wednesdays 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | June 14 & 21


To sign up, contact River Steward Alicea Charamut at, 860-704-0057. I assume she will provide details about where exactly to bring your boat. Supplies and instruction on how to pull the plants will be provided.

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