Posted Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Volunteers are being sought next Saturday, July 15, to help remove an invasive plant — namely, water chestnuts — from Lake Musconetcong, to help ensure its continuing health.

photo of water chestnuts growing on Lake Musconetcong

Basket used to collect water chestnuts growing on Lake Musconetcong

Water chestnuts grow 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.

You can join the AmeriCorps team and help remove this invasive plant from Lake Musconetcong. You will be provided a kayak or canoe to paddle out onto the lake. There also will be a weed harvester on-site. Water chestnut is weakly rooted and easily removed by hand. Last year’s event removed over 10,000 lbs. in one day.

flyer listing the July 15th volunteering date, suggesting that you wear clothes that can get wet, and that lunch will be provided to volunteers

Lake Musconetcong is located on the border of Morris and Sussex counties. The Musconetcong River flows through the lake, which is downstream from Lake Hopatcong. It covers 329 acres and has an average depth of about five feet.

2017 Meeting Location:
Port Morris Park, 23 Washington Street, Landing, NJ 07850

For more information or to register:
Email: [email protected]  
Call: 848-702-5819