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.

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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

Infestation sites are being monitored to determine where volunteers can help us with removing water chestnut from our local waterways this summer.  Stay tuned.

 

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.


 Before and After - Volunteers removed 100% of European water chestnut plant coverage by hand from Ruth Pond in 2017 .

Before and After - Volunteers removed 100% of European water chestnut plant coverage by hand from Ruth Pond in 2017.