An airborne fighter crash-lands into the 49-acre Big Pond at the Jamestown Audubon Center. The black, spiked escape pod jettisoned from above sinks into the murky depths to settle in the thick sludge blanketing the pond’s floor.
The Chautauquan Daily reported earlier this month on the discovery in Chautauqua Lake of the highly aggressive, invasive water chestnut plant. It is different than the Chinese restaurant item and is regarded as dangerously insidious. County-led flotillas have been organized on weekends to identify and uproot the invader before it spreads further.
The day dawned bright and clear Tuesday of this past week. It was a good day to start a military-style campaign to protect Chautauqua Lake.
The place was Stow, south of the Institution and near the ferry. Chautauqua County Watershed Coordinator Jeff Diers, who has held that job for 18 months, was already organizing his battle plan almost a half hour before his troops were expected to arrive.
Diers’ foe is an invasive aquatic plant called water chestnut, which is botanically different from the Chinese takeout staple. This unwelcome water chestnut, a particularly difficult challenge for naturalists and water managers throughout the northeastern United States, was first spotted by accident in Chautauqua Lake earlier in July during a dredging survey.