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The Water Chestnuts are winning!

Volunteers with or without boats are needed this Saturday, August 4, 2012.

 

Volunteers with or without boats are needed this Saturday, August 4, 2012 because of the spread of the invasive Water Chestnuts all along the Mystic River. This year has been unlike any other year in recent memory.

It is becoming almost impossible for boats to go under the Cradock Bridge on Main Street in Medford due to the rapid spread of the invasive Water Chestnut.

Maury Carroll, owner of Carroll's Restaurant, said "They have grown so much in the last couple of months, it is a serious health hazard and huge mosquitos are breeding there."

See how the photos on May 30, 2012 compare to July 30, 2012 on JimmyMorse.com.   

This Saturday, the Mystic River Watershed Association along with several other groups is conducting their, "Water Chestnut Removal Program."   

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Public Access Producer August 13, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Jimmy - do you know why the Mystic River doesn't flow like it used to? Lack of boat traffic or the locks in Everett? It seems something has to be done to get the river moving...play Bob Dylan's "Watching the River Flow" or Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic."
McLovin August 13, 2012 at 09:10 PM
The water chestnuts are Bush's fault too.:)
Jim Morse August 13, 2012 at 09:23 PM
One of the functions of the Amelia Earhart Dam is flood control. Prior to the dam being built in 1966, the land adjacent to the river experienced severe flooding. When it rains real heavy and the storm drains open up and start pumping into the river, you can see the water flowing east because the dam is open and pumping out to the ocean. One of the reasons that the Water Chestnuts are spreading so much is the stagnant water. I know of no solutions to either the flooding control issues or the Water Chestnut problem. It appears that the lowering of the river level and stopping the natural of flow of water has caused another major problem but I would not advocate for going back to the flooding problems.
Pete Harmon August 13, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Would it help if they kept the locks open letting the river flow when chances of flooding are not present. Pretty soon you will be able to drive across the river.
McLovin August 14, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Medford has a nut issue. That's for sure

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