Tackle Boston’s Water Chestnuts

Want to get up close and personal with a plant that looks like this?

Water Chestnut

Water chestnut (Trapa natans), US Fish and Wildlife Service

It’s an invasive water chestnut (Trapa natans), and Boston’s rivers are full of them! 

Water chestnuts clog waterways, making it hard for other plants and fish to survive, and they produce big nasty seeds to boot. (Although one enterprising netizen has observed that from the right angle, they do resemble Dobby the House Elf from Harry Potter.) You can read more about them here.

Water chestnut seedpod

You want to step on one of these?

The Mystic River Watershed Association and the Charles River Watershed Association are looking for volunteers to go out into the river in boats and pull them up. Volunteer today!