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Bucks County Conservation District plans Paddle with a Purpose


The Bucks County Conservation District (BCCD), partnering with Bucks County Parks and Recreation Department, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and Delaware Canal State Park, will host the 13th annual Paddle with a Purpose from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 20, 21 and 22.

The purpose is to eliminate water chestnut from Lake Towhee.

Water chestnut is an introduced, aggressive water plant that blocks sunlight and competes with native vegetation for space and nutrients, disrupting the habitats of fish, turtles and more.

Bucks County has been managing water chestnut in Lake Towhee since 2009. Volunteers’ kayaks and small watercraft can reach shallow areas and halt plant reproduction by pulling flowering plants before they produce seed.

Courtesy of Delaware Canal State Park, BCCD will provide a limited number of kayaks and paddles but encourages volunteers to bring their own non-motorized crafts. They shouldalso bring personal flotation devices. A presentation will familiarize paddlers with the proper removal of the plants and event safety.

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Karen Ogden is a watershed specialist with the Bucks County Conservation District.


Kayakers remove the wide area of water chestnut at Lake Towhee.