Berkshire County summers are to die for. That may be a strong statement but people love spending their summers in the Berkshires. Most of the time it's not too hot and we get to enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, and more all while taking in the breathtaking scenery that only Berkshire County has to offer. There's no denying that summer in the Berkshires offers something special and there are folks that have to deal with F.O.M.A. (fear of missing out) if they don't get a piece of the Berkshire County summer action.

Watch Out for this Invasive Aquatic Plant in Our Berkshire County and Massachusetts Lakes

One thing that can put restrictions on our summer enjoyment of lakes throughout not only the Berkshires but Massachusetts in general, is the invasive aquatic plant known as Water Chestnut. While Water Chestnut looks harmless, the non-native plant actually grows quite rapidly (see video below) and as a result (according to can hamper native vegetation and fish population. Water Chestnut can block sunlight from other plants that need to grow. In addition, Water Chestnut can even penetrate shoes with their sharp barbs. Swimming near these plants is something you would want to steer clear of. As a matter of fact, since water chestnut forms mats on the surface of the water, boating, fishing, and any recreational activity really, becomes restricted. You can get all of the details, hazards, and characteristics of Water Chestnut by going here.

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It's Not All Gloom and Doom as Water Chestnut Can Be Controlled

There are methods to manage and eliminate Water Chestnut which you can check out by going here. As a matter of fact, for folks who enjoy Lake Mansfield in the southern Berkshires, the Great Barrington Land Conservancy has a Water Chestnut Control team (look for one in your city and town) and they are looking for volunteers to control and eliminate the invasive plant from Lake Mansfield. If you are interested in volunteering, you can sign up by going here.

Below is a Video from the Connecticut River Conservancy Regarding How to Identify Water Chestnut, How to Remove the Invasive Plant, and More

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Stacker ranked the most expensive climate disasters by the billions since 1980 by the total cost of all damages, adjusted for inflation, based on 2021 data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The list starts with Hurricane Sally, which caused $7.3 billion in damages in 2020, and ends with a devastating 2005 hurricane that caused $170 billion in damage and killed at least 1,833 people. Keep reading to discover the 50 of the most expensive climate disasters in recent decades in the U.S.

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

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