COLONIE – Colonie now has kayaker access to the Mohawk River Waterfront.
In previous years, the waterfront at the Mohawk River Park was overrun by the presence of water chestnuts. This invasive species of aquatic plant has clogged the waterfront, making it difficult for kayakers to use.
However, in early July, harvesting machines removed most of the water chestnuts with hand pullers removing the rest later in the month. This has resulted in the waterfront clearing up for use.
“For too long, our beautiful Mohawk River Waterfront has been unusable due to a number of issues, including the infestation of water chestnuts. However, thanks to the great work this summer of volunteers and harvesting machines, I am pleased to announce that our waterfront is once again open for limited use. We have more work to do in order to re-establish a deeper shoreline and our dock. We will keep moving forward,” Town Supervisor Peter Crummey said.
Although waters are clear for this year, it is recommended that water chestnuts are removed annually until the eventual eradication of the species.
Methods of removal can vary from mechanical harvesting to just simple hand pulling.
If you plan on wading into the water, water shoes are recommended as there may be lingering water chestnuts resting on the bottom of the riverbed.
This story appeared on page 8 of the August 30, 2023 of the print edition of the Colonie Spotlight