What is CANOE?
We are a group of friends and neighbors who came together in 2012 to help the Lakes District. CANOE -- the Citizens Alliance for NOxious weed Eradication (CANOE) – has many activities:
- Holds weeding “parties” throughout the summer to hand pull the weeds
- Meets with local and state officials to lobby for the River
- Researches ways to stop the weeds and restore the River to health
- Raises funds for the Invasive Weed Removal Program at Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
- As a community-action organization, CANOE has identified many ways the neighborhood can control the spread of the highly invasive weeds that are overtaking the Charles River Lakes District. Invasive species include the European water chestnut, milfoil, and fanwort. The Google Map above shows the severity of the problem (yes, those arrows are pointing out some of the European water chestnut clusters -- which is the most noxious of the weeds we are fending off).
CANOE, with input from CRWA, has developed a 5-year plan to reclaim the Lakes District. The three components of the CANOE strategy are 1) mechanical harvesting, 2) hand-pulling, and 3) advocating for government programs to fund these efforts. CANOE is also collaborating with CRWA to reduce the phosphorus and pollutants that feed weed growth. Translating this plan into action depends on cooperation from the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), city governments, state legislators, neighbors and volunteers.
Last year, with community help and our important partnerships with both CRWA and Charles River Canoe and Kayak (CRCK), we made significant progress in removing those noxious weesds, that so quickly choke up our riverways. Below are some of the highlights of our 2012 achievements and our 2013 objectives.