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Mystic River water chestnut removal project gets $40k

Posted by Jarret Bencks  June 23, 2013 11:21 AM

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Over $40,000 in donations were given last week to a project aimed at reducing water chestnuts in Mystic River.

The city of Medford donated $10,000 to the Water Chestnut Removal Project, Somerville donated $5,000 and Tufts University donated $15,000, according to an announcement. The Riverside Yacht Club, Mystic Wellington Yacht Club and Medford Boat Club combined to donate $11,000.

The project, coordinated by the Mystic River Watershed Association, holds annual harvesting by hand, where volunteers take to the river in kayaks and canoes to manually pull the invasive chestnuts from the water. They can also be removed by a mechanical harvester.

Two harvests are scheduled this summer. The first will be held on July 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mystic River Reservation across Mystic Valley Parkway from Whole Foods, and the second will be held at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 3.

More information can be found on the watershed association's website.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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