PLAN was thrilled to kick off the summer with an exciting water chestnut pull on Tuesday, June 27th, at the picturesque Kayak Shak on Fish Creek. Our dedicated volunteers gathered for a day of adventure and environmental action, ready to tackle the invasive aquatic species in local waters. 

We were happy to have Kristopher Williams from the Capital Region Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) join us. With his expertise, he educated volunteers about the invasive species lurking in the water and guided them on which ones to target for removal, including water chestnuts and frogbit. 

Equipped with kayaks and determination, around 20 passionate volunteers joined in the mission. Joint efforts resulted in the collection of approximately 18 contractor bags of invasive plant material!

But the battle against invasive species is far from over! Mark your calendars for August 1st, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, as PLAN’s Next Gen Committee will be hosting another water chestnut pull at Kayak Shak. We invite you to join us in this quest to safeguard our backyard from these invaders. Don’t miss out—register here

We would like to extend our gratitude to the individuals and organizations that made this event possible. A special shoutout goes to Capital Region PRISM, Kayak Shak, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Your dedication and support are truly invaluable in our ongoing fight against invasive species. Together, we can create a thriving and resilient ecosystem for generations to come.