We need volunteers to help us hand-pull this plant from our local waterways! Want to help us eradicate this invasive species? Click on the dates below to learn more and to sign-up to volunteer:

Lake Delmont, Green LAne

Friday, August 9th: 10 am - 2 pm, Lake Delmont

Ruth Pond, Sellersville

All water chestnut has been removed from Ruth Pond for the 2019 Season!


European Water Chestnut is a highly invasive aquatic plant that has infested waterways in much of the Northeastern United States.


European water chestnut plant and seed pod.

European water chestnut plant and seed pod.

Learn More

The European water chestnut can cover water surfaces and cut off important nutrients for native plants and animals. There are currently 10 known infestations, affecting 7 different waterways within our watershed. Learn more about this aquatic invasive.

Current Projects

Volunteers are necessary to help us successfully eradicate water chestnut from our waterways. Volunteer workdays will be held throughout the summer at both Lake Delmont and Ruth Pond. Sign up for our next volunteer workday on July 12th at Lake Delmont.

 

Past Accomplishments

The European water chestnut was first discovered in our watershed in 2007. The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy has been successfully managing infestations since 2009.  View the video above to see how the PWC and community volunteers remove this nasty invasive by hand.


This image shows the infestation at Ruth Pond when it was first identified in June of 2016.

This image shows the infestation at Ruth Pond when it was first identified in June of 2016.

This image shows the infestation at Ruth Pond in June of 2019 after 3 full years of management.

This image shows the infestation at Ruth Pond in June of 2019 after 3 full years of management.