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EBC Young Environmental Professionals Volunteer Day with the Mystic River Watershed Association
August 8, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join the EBC’s Young Environmental Professionals for a day of volunteering with the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA). Volunteers will help clear the Mystic River of the exotic invasive water chestnut.
THE NEED: Water chestnut is an invasive plant that has recently exploded in the Mystic River. It forms huge stands that impede boats and have negative effects on fish, native plants, and water quality. Managing water chestnut is a major goal of neighboring towns, boat clubs, river advocates, and citizen groups.
THE OPPORTUNITY: One of the most effective ways to remove water chestnut is also fun! A four-hour event with 25 to 100 people in canoes can have a tremendous effect, clearing acres of this invasive plant.
THE IMPACT: In five years, thousands of volunteers have removed tens of thousands of baskets of water chestnut, clearing many acres of river. MyRWA aims to expand their efforts every year. Studies have shown that the key to ultimate success in invasive plant management is sustained effort at the same site over several years. Join EBC this year to help MyRWA meet their goals!
What is the schedule of a typical day?
Water chestnut volunteer events run approximately four hours, including lunch. This includes a brief orientation, time on the river, break for lunch, and clean up.
How should you prepare for the day?
On the day of the event, be sure you bring water and sunscreen to protect yourself from the elements. All volunteers are asked to sign an insurance waiver; you can save time by printing and completing this form before you come.
What is provided the day of the event?
MyRWA will provide personal floatation devices (life vests), collection equipment, canoes and all other necessary supplies to get the job done. MyRWA will also provide pizza for lunch.
What if I prefer not to go out in a canoe?
All volunteers will be given an opportunity to remove water chestnut seated in a canoe. Most volunteers report that this is an enjoyable and unique experience. However, there are also necessary land-based tasks for those looking to avoid the water. Volunteers will often rotate through both canoe and land-based roles.
Please be sure to register so that we have an accurate headcount for the pizza and snacks. We hope you will also consider a donation to help cover MyRWA’s staffing and equipment costs.