Water Chestnut Pull on the Connecticut River

Friday, July 15: Four of us went out from Walpole, New Hampshire, and across the Connecticut River to a cove where we’ve been working on eliminating the invasive water chestnut. It was a beautiful day – a few of the things that caught my eye:

This was my haul – It’s interesting that up here, the removal of water chestnut is measured by counting their rosettes; in Connecticut, with much worse infestations, it’s measured by number of sacks! My haul was about 1/4 of what I pulled the week before.

Pulling Water Chestnut, Mattabesset River

A pack of paddlers showed up for the first of the season water chestnut pull in Middletown, Connecticut. The plants are small this time of year – and tender, making it harder to get the root and the seed so that they don’t regrow. These plants have the potential to completely cover an area, shading out the local plants. But we bagged a bunch, while also enjoying the ospreys fishing, the great blue herons,

the mallards, and swans with their cygnets

and some turtles.

It was hot and sunny, a good day to be on the water. Pulling these plants was easier before the wind came up, but even then one could make it work to advantage, letting the wind push the boat down onto some plants, then grabbing and pulling – gently!