The Clark Creek water chestnut pull was a huge success, thank you to everyone who showed up.
The weather was a tradeoff of sun and heat for a little rain and thunder. Despite the weather there were 14 people who turned out including the harvester operator. It took about two hours to scour the area but it appears we got every one there was. Great job!
Scouting around the Bay on Sunday it appears there are two other small sites are much improved over last year, one had none and the other only a few.
The water is low at Mill pond this year making it difficult to get in.
On 3rd Creek to south of Grassy Point there are some ongoing volunteers who are hand pulling all the water chestnuts that can be found. Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District is then cleaning up what they can with a harvester in the same area.
This week the harvester will be moving a machine to Maxwell Bay which is densely populated. On Saturday the plan is to meet at Maxwell at 9:00 A.M. If anyone doesn’t have a canoe or kayak and just wants to join up, call Scott Derue (315-946-4136) and he will make arrangements.
Maxwell Creek is a high priority area. The stream is recognized nationally as a world class trout stream. Trout and salmon need high amounts of oxygen. If the water chestnuts are not removed, it pushes out the water lilies and changes the flow of the stream which carries sediment and oxygen. By removing these weeds it creates a stronger current and will add to a better and healthier fishery.
We hope to see you at Maxwell Creek on Saturday.