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Volunteers sought to clear water chestnuts on Nashua River

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GROTON — In its ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of invasive water chestnuts on the Nashua River, the Nashua River Watershed Association is organizing a series of small group paddles to scout for and pull the plant in various sections of the river.

These guided paddles will take place on July 7, July 15, and July 20, each paddle running from 4 to 6 p.m. The river stretches are in the Groton/Pepperell and Devens area.

Participants will need to use their own canoe or kayak (or one may be rented in advance from Nashoba Paddler in West Groton). They will also be required to wear PFDs (life vests) and sign a liability waiver prior to participating.

Recommended: work clothes, shoes and gloves that can get wet (plants have sharp seeds), sunscreen, bug spray, and water. Advanced sign-up for these scouting paddles is required. Individuals or groups who paddle are also sought to “Adopt a River Reach” — to commit to scouting for and removing water chestnuts from particular reaches of the river.

To sign-up for the group paddle, or for more information, contact Martha Morgan, NRWA Water Programs Director at MarthaM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org or (978) 448-0299. This project is funded in part by a grant from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

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