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Local Boy Scouts Help Wayne County SWCD Control Aquatic Invasive Plants
By Keith Loria
Correspondent
Posted Aug 10, 2011 @ 12:11 PM on waynepost.com

Lyons — On July 16, Boy Scout troops from Rose, North Rose and Wolcott, their troop leaders, and volunteers took to the waters of Maxwell Bay to "hand pull" the invasive aquatic plant Trapa natans, commonly known as water chestnut.
Water Chestnut is an annual plant that has the potential to reproduce rapidly and cause significant ecological and recreational effects.
T. natans forms a dense, canopy cover mat that excludes more beneficial plant species, increases water temperatures, lowers dissolved oxygen that fish and aquatic insects use, and restricts water flow causing sediment deposition.

Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District had a mechanical aquatic plant harvester on site that the scouts filled twice. Each load of wet plant material on the harvester is estimated to weigh 2 tons.

Rose Troop 108 members included Jackson Sehm and Allen Walker; North Rose Troop 109 members included Dakota Anderson, Jordan Curtis, Bryan Walker and Alan Walker. Wolcott Troop 115 participants were Michael Putman, Cody Andrus, Philip E. Andrus and Ray Conrow.

 
 


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