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HARVARD — An invasive species of water chestnut has taken root in Bare Hill Pond and threatens swimming, boating, fishing and even the pond itself.

Many of its spiked seed pods line the shores and beach and can injure unwary visitors.

On Saturday, July 8, from 1 to 5 p.m., the Bare Hill Pond Watershed Management Committee is sponsoring the second of four scheduled volunteer efforts to curb this growth. This year’s campaign, Pull Your Own Weight, focuses on the need for concerned citizens to pull together and make a difference.

Two areas of the pond — Great South Bay and Clapps Brook — have significant-to-overwhelming weed growth. These weeds can be eradicated by residents and water enthusiasts. Even if you can’t go in a boat, ask what you can do to support us.

Bring your canoe, kayak or rowboat to the town beach, and we’ll assist you in pulling your own weight. Don’t have a boat? No worries. The town has canoes that are available to use.

Call Rick Dickson at (978) 307-0506 or e-mail to volunteer for the afternoon or even just a few hours.

Make a difference in the Bare Hill Pond quality. Come join a dedicated group of people, meet your neighbors and add to community spirit.

The third weed pull will be July 29, from 1 to 5 p.m.

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