Water Chestnut Pull: Volunteers Needed

Sunday, June 25, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Pepperell Pond in Groton/Pepperell, MA

Volunteers are needed on Sunday, June 25, 2017, from 9:00 to noon, to help scout and pull water chestnuts, an invasive exotic weed, from the Nashua River in Pepperell. Water chestnuts have spread to over 100 acres in the Pepperell Pond impoundment in the Nashua River. However, volunteers working from canoes and kayaks have been critical in keeping the plants from taking hold in new areas.  View a 3-minute video about last year's pull.

Gathering baskets and maps will be provided. Nashoba Paddler LLC in West Groton, MA will be providing a limited number of canoes for use at no charge on a "first call, first served" basis (see contact info below to reserve a canoe). Recommended: work clothes, shoes and gloves that can get dirty and wet (plants have sharp seeds), sunscreen, bug spray, and water. Volunteers may bring their own boat and equipment. PFDs (life vests) are required. 

·            To reserve a canoe you must call Nashoba Paddler at 978-448-8699 before June 25th.

·            Put-in is located adjacent to the Kemp horse track, 120 River Road (Rte. 111), Pepperell. Look for sign on the road across the street from the Pepperell Town Forest access.

·            Advanced sign-up for the event is required. Contact Martha Morgan, Nashua River Watershed Association’s Water Programs Director at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 978-448-0299 for more information and to register. Liability waivers must be signed to participate.

Partners in the project are the Nashua River Watershed Association, Nashoba Paddler, Ducks Unlimited, and the Groton Greenway Committee. Your help on June 25th will be much appreciated!