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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Water Chestnut (Trapa natans) Destroying the environment how?--Water Chestnuts create an impenetrable top layer covering any body of water. This covering keeps sunlight from being able to reach native plants living in the water which virtually stops the growth of plants. This reduction of plant growth combined with the decay of water chestnuts which die back each year causes a reduction of oxygen in the water. This impacts aquatic organisms as well as kills fish. Identification:Physical Properties: green leaves with white flowers and black fruitReproduction: Seed production and fragmentationHabitat: grow in water and areas with lots of sunlight Indigenous Range: Water Chestnuts are native to the warm temperate regions of Europe and Asia and tropical regions of Africa. Water Chestnuts in U.S.: Water Chestnuts are now found in the states of New York, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington D.C. They prefer habitats where lots of sun is present. They grow in areas of water. Controlling water chestnuts:Small groups of water chestnuts can be controlled by picking them. Larger populations can be controlled with mechanical harvesters or the use of aquatic herbicides. Biological controls include the Leaf Beetle. Ecological Restoration Improvements:Water chestnuts disrupt swimming, boating, commercial navigation, fishing, and waterfowl hunting. With the removal and control of these invasive species, these areas of recreational activities and also activities helping the economy will improve and will not be disrupted. "Untreated populations of water chestnuts also can result in losses to shoreline property values and, as a result, to local government property tax revenues. This removal will help the economy tremendously. The sharp, spiny nuts can result in puncture injuries to swimmers and people walking along the shore of infested areas and can injure the feet of livestock and horses, as well." With the removal and controlling of water chestnuts, the environment will become a safer place.
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