New York DEC, volunteers battle invasive water chestnut in Long Island lake, reservoir

When Janet Nix and her family first moved to a home on Massapequa Lake in 1968, the water off their backyard was clear and open aside from a few patches of lily pads. But in the past few years, water chestnut plants have taken it over, the Massapequa resident said.

On Thursday, Nix joined in with staff from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and volunteers who were pulling water chestnut from the lake and nearby Massapequa Reservoir as part of Invasive Species Awareness Week, a statewide educational campaign to raise awareness about the harmful effects of such incursions.  Click on the following sentence to access the full story.

Water chestnut, which is native to Europe, Asia and Africa, was found in Massapequa Lake in 2011, said Heidi O’Riordan, an aquatic biologist who manages freshwater bodies in Nassau and Suffolk counties for the DEC.

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