JAMESTOWN – Local officials and organizations are continuing their effort to keep an invasive plant species from taking over our area waterways.
Over the weekend dozens of volunteers arrived on Chautauqua Lake to help in the effort to locate the invasive Water Chestnut species. This week, volunteers are being asked to continue in the effort, this time at the big pond at the Jamestown Audubon.
Jamestown Audubon President Ruth Lundin is asking residents to stop by the Audubon on Tuesday for a mass water chestnut pulling. According to Lundin, if they are not removed, they will choke out both plant and animal life in waterways throughout Chautauqua County and the Conewango watershed of Pennsylvania.
Scheduled pull dates for this week are:
- Tuesday, July 23, 9 a.m. to noon
- Wednesday, July 24, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- BIG PULL: Saturday, July 27, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Lunch and debrief at 11:30; some people will go back out Saturday afternoon, also.
Additional dates are slated for next week –
- Sunday, July 28, 2 to 5 p.m.
- Tuesday, July 30, 9 a.m. to noon
- Wednesday, July 31, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Volunteers are asked to attend as many of the pull days as possible and to spread the word for more volunteers. Everyone should wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. They are also asked to let Audubon know when they are coming by calling (716) 569-2345.