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Water Chestnut Pull in Middletown CT
Water Chestnut Pull in Middletown CT

Sun, Jul 14


Floating Meadows

Water Chestnut Pull in Middletown CT

Paddle with a purpose — help us remove the invasive water chestnut from our waterways!

Time & Location

Jul 14, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Floating Meadows, 181 Johnson St, Middletown, CT 06457, USA

About the event

Paddle with a purpose — help us remove the invasive water chestnut from our waterways!

Water chestnut is a harmful aquatic, invasive species, which is known to take over stretches of water. When left unchecked, water chestnut has the potential to decimate ecosystems and eliminate recreational opportunities. Fortunately, it is easily identifiable and smaller infestations can be managed with trained volunteers hand-pulling the plant. The key to keeping water chestnut from invading new areas is to remove plants before they have a chance to set seeds.

The Jonah Center is looking for paddlers to help save the Floating Meadows (Mattabesset River) in Middletown from invasive water chestnut. This is a fun, satisfying activity — combining paddling, teamwork, enjoying beautiful scenery and wildlife. We launch from and return to the canoe and kayak launch near the Middletown transfer station.

This is a partnership with the Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC) who handles registration, disposes of the plants through composting, and provides other assistance and leadership. 

Paddlers should bring their own canoe or kayak with paddles and a PFD for each paddler! If you would like to borrow equipment, please let us know in the registration form. Paddlers should also wear a hat, use sunscreen, and have water with them.

It is highly recommended that paddlers also subscribe to the Jonah Center newsletter (linked below) so that we can reach you in case of a weather-related change of plans. 

Each paddler is required to register and consent to CRC’s liability waiver here.

EDIT: Event has been postponed to Sunday 7/14

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