CHAUTAUQUA LAKE – An invasive plant native to Asia and various islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans was found in parts of the Chautauqua Lake Outlet, Chadakoin River, earlier this month.
Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management reports members of their team found the grass-like Water Chestnut growing along the bank just downstream of the Carlson’s Boat Livery.
Officials said the team removed two grocery bags of the plant and disposed of its remains at a trash receptacle at McCrea Point Park.
The group is now urging the public to be vigilant of the aggressive aquatic invasive species.
Anyone who finds a Water Chestnut should report the sighting to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute at (716)-665-2473 or WNY PRISM at (716)-878-4708.