Saugerties looks to get ahead of water chestnut problems at village beach this year

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. — The village is seeking to prevent a repeat of the tangled web of water chestnuts that grew so quickly last year in Esopus Creek that the village beach could not open.

The Village Board is reviewing grants that could be used to pay for a harvesting machine that’s estimated to cost between $69,000 to $76,000.

“I’m serious about whatever we have to do to clean up the creek,” Mayor Bill Murphy said at a board meeting this week. “If we could find a way to pay for it via grant, I’d be all for it.”

The village beach, at the end of Partition Street, ordinarily is open from July 1 through the end of August. It was closed about half of each week last year, however, because the water chestnut plants were thriving.

Daily Freeman

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