Pull invasive weeds, clean the Nashua River in Pepperell


PEPPERELL — Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 25, From 9 a.m. to noon to help scout and pull water chestnuts, an invasive exotic weed, from the Nashua River.

Gathering baskets and maps will be provided. Nashoba Paddler LLC in West Groton will be providing a limited number of canoes for use at no charge on a “first call, first served” basis. Recommended: work clothes, shoes and gloves that can get wet (plants have sharp seeds), sunscreen, bug spray, and water. Volunteers may bring their own boat and equipment. PFDs (life vests) are required.

* To reserve a canoe, call Nashoba Paddler at 978-448-8699 before June 25.

* Put-in is located adjacent to the Kemp horse track, 120 River Road (Rte. 111), Pepperell. Look for sign on the road across the street from the Pepperell Town Forest access.

* Advanced sign-up for the event is required. Contact Martha Morgan, NRWA Water Programs Director at: MarthaM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org or 978-448-0299 for more information and to register. Liability waivers must be signed to participate.

Partners in the project are the Nashua River Watershed Association, Nashoba Paddler, Ducks Unlimited, and the Groton Greenway Committee; the project is funded in part by a grant from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. Your help on June 25th will be much appreciated!

If you cannot make this pull day, there will be additional opportunities to paddle and scout for water chestnuts in small groups with NRWA staff in your own boat (or a rented boat from Nashoba Paddler) beginning Thursday, July 7. If you are interested in volunteering for these small group pulls, please contact Martha Morgan as noted above.