The hunt for water chestnut continues
Another hunt for water chestnut plants in Chautauqua Lake was announced by county officials. And once again they are calling on anyone who is willing to help eradicate this invasive species.
They found 3 more plants growing near Bemus Creek during last week's search.
This Saturday officials will be focusing their efforts to the South end of the lake where the seeds may have drifted. Some reports of plants growing in the Celoron area will also be investigated.
Jeff Diers, Chautauqua County Watershed Coordinator
"We, at best, have no more than a weeks time to eradicate this plant before the nuts become ripe and they dislodge from the plant and start a new colony."
People that are willing and prepared to help are once again asked to meet at the Stow Ferry Park this Saturday at 8am.
If you think you see a water chestnut plant call the Watershed Hotline at 716-753-4499, 716-661-7499 or 716-363-4499
Diers says the reports of water chestnut in Dunkirk harbor were found to be false.