“I’m trying to recruit as many volunteers as I can in order to expand the program,” said Coe, a 2007 graduate of Cooperstown High School.
Meanwhile, the Goodyear Lake Assocation, which has been coping with its own stubborn problem of water chestnuts, is trying to enlist Coe to help out there.
Coe said the boater who unwittingly brought the water chestnut to the Canadarago launch had last used his boat in the Mohawk River, near the Herkimer area, where water chestnuts have been a problem.
Whether the fisherman caught anything in Canadarago Sunday is unknown. But thanks to the counseling provided by Coe, he left the lake with something he didn’t have when he arrived: A basic understanding of how to prevent invasive species from being spread from one waterway to another.