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  • Draft Wetlands Bylaw

    Dear Friends & Neighbors,

     

    Attached please find a draft copy of the recently revised Town Of Groton Wetland bylaws. Please review this document carefully and get back to me with any comments that you might have.

     

    Note that the Town of Groton Wetlands Bylaw Review Committee has been working on these bylaws for the past 18 months. Alex Woodle is on the committee and I have been attending the meetings for the past several months. I was not comfortable with the changes that were being proposed originally and lobbied for changes that are more friendly for lake residents (and other Groton residents who happen to have property adjacent to wetlands). My and Alex’s requested changes and edits are now contained in the attached draft proposal that has been approved by this committee.

     

    Pay particular attention to Section 215- 3B and 215-7 plus the definitions in the back of the document. These sections were carefully reworded to allow lake shore residences some latitude in doing work on their existing homes, associated appurtenances and land.

     

    I support the changes that are now contained in this draft and hope that you will as well.

     

    Art

    Town of Groton Wetland Bylaws


  • VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION: Timing of Lowering Water Level & Removing Boards in the Dam? UPDATE!!!

    Dear Friends & Neighbor,

    Last Monday I sent the email shown below to my master email list regarding a question as to whether we should keep water level at the Summer pool level for two additional weeks to make up for the two to three weeks that we lost in April because of the plans to treat the lake with Sonar. I received about sixty responses from lake shore residents. Most supported (~95%) not taking the boards out until October 28th (instead of Columbus Day October 14th) but just a few did not because they wanted to work on their shoreline or on their docks.

    After discussing this with several of the lake shore residents and folks at the Town Hall, we decided to leave the boards in the dam for one additional week instead of two additional weeks. Thus we plan to start taking the boards out of the dam on Monday October 21st. According to John Diezemann who lives next to the dam and has been involved in controlling the water level for years it will take 3 maybe 4 weeks for the water level  to drop 30 inches to the Winter water level. This will still give sufficient time to those who want to work on their shoreline and docks and will also allow time for the work that is planned for restoring Sargisson Beach.

    I hope that is decision satisfies everyone.

    Regards, Art

     

    Dear Friends & Neighbors,

     

    Because we didn’t place the boards in the dam until April 24th this yearinstead of around April 1st  there is a request from some lake residents that we leave the boards in the dam for about  two extra weeks this year so that we can extend the boating season.

     

    Normally we begin to lower the water level by removing the boards in the dam one at a time starting on Columbus Day (October 14th this year). This would mean that we would take the first board out on or about October 28th and the water would be at the Winter level around Thanksgiving.

     

    I need to hear from you as to whether you support this or not. My concern is that some lake shore residents might be planning to work on their docks or shoreline once the water is down and by waiting two extra weeks we would be shortening the length of time that you have to work on them.

     

    Please let me know if you support this or not.

     

    Thanks, Art

     

    Art Prest

    President, Groton Lakes Association

    8 Weymisset Road

    Groton, MA 01450

    Email: prest@prest.biz


  • Article About Lost lake & Knops Pond Restoration in Groton Herald

    Dear Friends & Neighbors,

    In case you didn’t see it there was a GREAT article in last week’s Groton Herald about the GLA efforts to kill the weeds in Lost Lake & Knops Pond and about our plans to work on other aspects needed to keep the weeds out of the lakes and solve storm water runoff and erosion problems.

    The link for the story is below:

    Dramatic Success of Lost Lake Restoration Project
    http://www.grotonherald.com/main

    Regards, Art

    Art Prest
    President, Groton Lakes Association


  • Grotonfest

    Dear Friends & Neighbors,

    Just a note to remind you that Grotonfest is being held in Groton on this Saturday September 21st from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The GLA has a booth (booth 122 I was told) and we look forward to seeing you.

    For more information see: http://www.grotonfest.com/

    Art

    Art Prest
    President, Groton Lakes Association
    8 Weymisset Road
    Groton, MA 01450
    Email: prest@prest.biz
    Telephone: 978-448-2384
    FAX:         978-448-2387
    Mobile:      240-401-5240
    Skype-In:  978-877-4543


  • This is no fish story!!!!

    Robbie Postell with large mouth bass 20130810_144607 (3)

    One of the benefits of being a volunteer Weed Watcher Monitor at the boat launches is that you get to talk with fishermen who are coming in droves to fish our lakes and ponds.

    I have been making a point of asking them “How’s the fishing and what did you catch and how big was it?” Well one of them answered me: “First of all understand that because I am a fisherman I lie!”

    Well one them (Robbie Postell) sent me a picture of a largemouth bass that he caught yesterday and it ain’t no lie. I attached his picture.

    I have heard other fishermen tell me about 7.5 pound largemouth bass and 24 inch pickerel and maybe they lied but maybe not. Anyway us Weed Watcher Monitors are hearing wonderful reports about how great the fishing is this year and rave reviews about the lack of weeds in Lost Lake & Knops Pond.

    Enjoy, Art

    PS, Become a volunteer Weed Watcher Monitor at the boat launch – it is a lot of fun and you get to meet a lot of wonderful people.

    Art Prest
    President, Groton Lakes Association


  • New “Weed” in Knops Pond & Lost Lake – Not To Worry and Don’t Freak Out

    Dear Friends & Neighbors,

    We are seeing quite a bit of a new “weed” in Knops Pond and Lost Lake. It is low lying and mostly along the shore. It is bright green and can form dense matts or can be individual plants. I attached a picture of a single plant that I took today after untangling a mat of it that I pulled from Knops Pond.

    Using the handy dandy DCR “A Guide to Aquatic Plants in Massachusetts” I tried identifying it based on its characteristics which are:
    Submerged, Leaves On a Stem, Dissected Leaves, Leaves Without Bladders, Whorled Leaves (12 to 14 leaves in whorl), Branching

    I identified it as Chara and my conclusion was confirmed by the Tom Flannery from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation and Erika Haug from Aquatic Control Technology as  Chara (Muskgrass) which is a stonewart and not a plant but an algae. I pasted a drawing of Chara below.

    What you might see are the mats of Chara on the bottom that look different than the picture of the single plant that I attached .
    The good news is that it is not a non-native invasive weed and it is beneficial in moderation to the lake in that it consumes nutrients and helps prevent the regrowth of invasive weeds.

    Thanks, Art

    New Weed in Lost Lake & Knops Pond after Sonar treatment


  • Please Look for Floating Logs & Branches in the Water and Tow Them In

    Dear Friends & Neighbors,

    While water skiing yesterday, Angela Garger hit a large partially submerged log that was floating in the lake. She damaged her slalom ski but she is OK. Her husband towed the log to shore. When I was out in my boat on Tuesday I pulled a white birch branch that was about two inches in diameter and eight feet long out of Knops Pond. The branch showed beaver damage at its base.

    If you see large items floating in the lake please tow it to shore or if you can’t please let me know about it. And if you cut up a downed tree please make sure the log sections aren’t free to float into the lake. I must thank Joe Ferguson for recently removing some of these. If you want to see how big some of these floating logs are please stop by the public boat launch and look at the one stuck in the mud on the left side of the boat ramp. We haven’t quite figured out how to get it out of the water.

    The water level is back to standard pool level and flowing over the top board in the dam. There are a lot of dead weeds floating on the surface as a result of the Sonar treatment killing off the invasive weeds and the water is somewhat murky because of the heavy rains and the fact that the weeds are decaying. There are also a few mud flats where Lily pads have pulled their tubers (i.e., their roots) out of the bottom.  You might also see some floating Lily pad tubers  that are a few inches in diameter. I pulled one out at the end of my dock and it was the size of a human arm.  I had heard that Lily pad tubers were large but I had no idea that they were that large.

    So all-in-all what we expected to happen is happening. We predicted this in  Alex Woodle’s March 2013 newsletter.

    Here is the excerpt from that newsletter:
    “Post Treatment:
    As mentioned above, early treatment has its advantages.  Another major advantage is treating the weeds before they have grown too much.  The Sonar attacks roots of the plants and as such we expect that as the treatment progresses, there may appear floating biomasses of weeds in heavily infested areas.  Lily pad plants will also be effected (they usually recover in subsequent seasons) and their root tubers are large and may float to surface with mud.  These “rafts” of weeds may look like “islands” are being created, but we hope to remove some of this biomass with the harvester.  If we are successful it will reduce biomass and nutrients released by the decaying plants.  The uncollected weeds will eventually sink to the bottom.
    Please do not freak out if you see mud flats rising to the surface – they will eventually sink to the bottom as the weeds die off.”

    We have decided not to use the harvester since it is being used in Baddacook Pond and we are concerned that paddle wheels might create weed fragments of a few weeds that are not totally dead and these fragments could reseed themselves.

    Regards,  Art