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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