ROXBURY, NJ - An AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador is asking people in Roxbury to help remove water chestnut from Lake Musconetcong.

Taran Sayal, who is an AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador for the Upper Delaware Management Area, said the event will take place July 15 at Port Morris Park in Landing.

"Enjoy the summer sun and help preserve Lake Musconetcong by volunteering for the Water Chestnut Hand-Pull starting at 10 a.m.," said Sayal in a statement. "Water chestnut is an invasive aquatic plant that can take over a lake in just a few short years if not maintained. Water chestnut grows to create a floating mat, depleting oxygen in the water for other aquatic life, making it very difficult to paddle and causing damage to boat motors.
 

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Volunteers will use canoes and kayaks to reach areas of the lake that the weed harvester is unable to reach, said Sayal. "Water chestnut is weakly rooted and easily removed by hand, she said. "Last year’s event removed 9,000 to 10,000 pounds in one day. We can beat that this year only with your help."

Pre-register by calling Sayal at (848) 702-5819 or emailing ambassador@musconetcong.org. Participants are encouraged to bring their own boats and life vests, if possible. Sayal also urged volunteers to dress appropriately for the weather and come prepared with sunscreen. No experience necessary but participants must be 16 years or older. Lunch will be provided.

The AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador program "is dedicated to promoting watershed stewardship through education and direct community involvement," according to Sayal. You can learn more about it at www.nj.gov/dep/wms/bears/americorps.htm. For this event, the AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador program is partnering with Musconetcong Watershed Association, Lake Musconetcong Regional Planning Board, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Morris County Park Commission and Hopatcong State Park.

The event should be over by 2 p.m., said Sayal. The rain date is July 16.

Port Morris Park is at 23 Washington Street, Landing NJ 07850