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A piece of the invasive water chestnut, pulled (Credit: Barry Sloan)

A piece of the invasive water chestnut, pulled from Massapequa Lake. (Aug. 3, 2013)

Weed cleanup at Massapequa Lake

The water chestnut has been threatening the health of Massapequa Lake for years. Now the community is helping to remove the aquatic plant from the lake.

Workers and volunteers fill a boat with pulled
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Workers and volunteers fill a boat with pulled weed as they attempt to rid Massapequa Lake of the invasive water chestnut. (Aug. 3, 2013)

A piece of the invasive water chestnut, pulled
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A piece of the invasive water chestnut, pulled from Massapequa Lake. (Aug. 3, 2013)

Workers and volunteers fill a boat with pulled
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Workers and volunteers fill a boat with pulled water chestnut as they attempt to rid Massapequa Lake of the invasive aquatic plant. (Aug. 3, 2013)

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A boat filled with the invasive weed. “The
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A boat filled with the invasive weed. “The water chestnut is a very dense, invasive plant species that floats on the surface of the lake and disrupts the balance of other life that inhabit it,” said Brian Schneider of the county Department of Public Works. (Aug. 3, 2013)

About 50 volunteers joined Nassau County officials Saturday,
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About 50 volunteers joined Nassau County officials Saturday, pulling weeds that threaten the ecosystem of Massapequa Lake. (Aug. 3, 2013)

The invasive plant has inundated the lake in
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The invasive plant has inundated the lake in recent years and is a threat to its long-term health. (Aug. 3, 2013)

Herons stand atop a thick cover of water
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Herons stand atop a thick cover of water chestnut in Massapequa Lake. The plant’s thorn-covered pods latch onto the mud underwater, blocking sunlight and stifling the growth of beneficial plants, a Nassau official said. (Aug. 3, 2013)

Workers and volunteers fill a boat with pulled
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Workers and volunteers fill a boat with pulled water chestnut as they attempt to rid Massapequa Lake of the invasive aquatic plant. (Aug. 3, 2013)

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People look on as an aquatic weed harvester
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People look on as an aquatic weed harvester works on removing the invasive water chestnut from Massapequa Lake. (Aug. 3, 2013)

A lift assists in the removal of the
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A lift assists in the removal of the invasive water chestnut plant pulled from Massapequa Lake. (Aug. 3, 2013)

A boat full of the invasive water chestnut
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A boat full of the invasive water chestnut pulled from Massapequa Lake is emptied. The plant has inundated the lake in recent years and is a threat to its long-term health. (Aug. 3, 2013)

Workers and volunteers, with help from an aquatic
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Workers and volunteers, with help from an aquatic weed harvester, attempt to rid Massapequa Lake of the invasive water chestnut plant. (Aug. 3, 2013)

Workers and volunteers fill a boat with pulled
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Workers and volunteers fill a boat with pulled water chestnut as they attempt to rid Massapequa Lake of the invasive aquatic plant. (Aug. 3, 2013)

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