For the past six years, Otsego County Conservation Association and the Goodyear Lake Association have been battling an invasive plant, the water chestnut, as it spreads throughout the northern part of Goodyear Lake, according to a media release from the OCCA. It had been estimated that without this initiative, the northern portion of the lake (the stump lot) would be completely covered by water chestnuts in less than five years.

At present, the situation in the stump lot is improved and the plants are far fewer in number, the release stated. However, annual maintenance is necessary and the plants have begun to encroach upon the lake proper. This month, volunteers will meet at the Route 28 pull-off in Portlandville (just south of Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales) at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 and 25, to hand pull water chestnut with OCCA Program Director Travis Sauerwald.

Bug repellant, hats, and sun screen are suggested, gloves are optional but not necessary, and canoes are available. Those in need of a canoe are asked to call to register so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Water will be provided.

Lake area residents who would prefer to boat over to the stump lot are encouraged to do so. Water chestnut handpulling sessions on Goodyear Lake will take place again on Sept. 22-23. Volunteers are always needed and welcome – call Sauerwald at 282-4087 to learn more.

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