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Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office Water Chestnut Wrap-Up

Region 5, November 1, 2013
Over 300 water chestnut plants were removed from Ellicott Creek Island Park in Tonawanda, NY. At this particular site, a small mat of at least 12 plants was pulled from a personal slip.
Over 300 water chestnut plants were removed from Ellicott Creek Island Park in Tonawanda, NY. At this particular site, a small mat of at least 12 plants was pulled from a personal slip. - Photo Credit: n/a
The majority of water chestnut plants pulled this past summer were located in private boat slips or near backyards, requiring special permission from the land owners to pull them.
The majority of water chestnut plants pulled this past summer were located in private boat slips or near backyards, requiring special permission from the land owners to pull them. - Photo Credit: n/a

Originally identified in June 2008, the invasive water chestnut plant (Trapa natans) had taken over a six acre area in Ellicott Creek Island Park in Tonawanda, NY. Since then, LGLFWCO staff and volunteers have hand-pulled and mechanically harvested plants to keep them from dropping seeds and increasing the plant’s coverage. Overall, the LGLFWCO has pulled over 5,000 pounds of water chestnut plants. This year, we were pleased to find a significantly reduced number of plants with only 341 being found and pulled. Water chestnut surveys will continue next summer as part of our multi-year control and monitoring program.

Contact Info: Kelly McDonald, (585) 948-5445 ext.2223, Kelly_McDonald@fws.gov