Invasive water chestnut found in Chautauqua Lake
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CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY, N.Y. — Chautauqua County leaders are asking for the public's help to find water chestnuts growing in Chautauqua Lake.
This is not an edible water chestnut. The invasive species was just spotted officials say it can spread out of control.
County leaders say they need everyone that can help to check their area of lake as soon as possible for the plant. The plant grows a floating structure of leaves above the water surface
and has a long stem leading down to the roots. It produces spiny nuts and can spread seeds over a large area.
We've got a two-week window of time to get aggressive about locating and eradicating this particular invasive species before it does almost irreparable damage to Chautauqua Lake. Everyone can play a role. I need them to get out there and focus their areas in eight feet or less of water," said Greg Edwards, (R), County Executive.
County officials say do not pull it up.
Note the location and call one of the following numbers:
North County 716-363-4499, Mayville 716-753-4499 and South County 716-661-7499
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