DEC, volunteers battle invasive water chestnut in lake, reservoir – New York News

Heidi O’Riordan, an aquatic biologist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, pulls up water chestnut plants from the Massapequa Reservoir as part of New York’s Invasive Species Awareness Week on July 13, 2017. (Credit: Johnny Milano)

When Janet Nix and her family first moved to a home on Massapequa Lake in 1968, the water off of their backyard was clear and open aside from a few patches of lily pads. But in the past few years, water chestnut plants have taken it over, the Massapequa resident said.

Thursday, Nix joined in with staff from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and volunteers who were pulling…

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