Author: Alexander Woodle

Lake Currents – August 2012

Dear GLA members and Friends, A lot of news to cover since our last newsletter as your representatives have been very busy trying to coordinate botanical fieldwork, preparation of the Notice of Intent (NOI) and the Resource Management Plan (RMP). We are beginning to look towards the Community Preservation Act as a source for financing the treatment of our lakes next spring. We are going to continue building the awareness of the lake’s demise by having a booth at Grotonfest on September 22nd and by hosting free boat tours from Grotonwood’s beach on September 29th. Many of you have volunteered to help us and we are very grateful. Conservation Commission Tours Lakes In July, GLA President Art Prest hosted a boat tour of the lakes for the Conservation Commission ably assisted by Paul Markham piloting his boat and John Diezemann, former GLA President, serving as botanical guide. By all accounts this tour was successful and vividly demonstrated to the commissioners the extent of the problem. We hope they will be supportive when they evaluate the NOI, RMP and the DNA analysis from the botanical field work. Botanical Survey by Professional Botanist and State Botanist A few days following this tour, Josh Sulman a botanist with a specialty in the genera Sparganium arrived from Wisconsin to begin his survey of both Knops Pond and Lost Lake. Josh was hired by...

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Lake Currents – July 2012

Dear Fellow Groton Lakes Association Members And Friends, This month we would like to bring you up to date on the latest news and activities of everyone involved in our ongoing efforts to solve our growing infestation of non-native weeds. We are pleased to announce that volunteer efforts have picked up and we appreciate everyone’s call to action. If you have not already volunteered, come to our GLA meetings and see where you might be able to help. Remember to keep an eye out for Water chestnut plants. If you have questions, please contact me at Sargisson Beach Clean-up A new resident of our area, Andrew Davis, who lives near the entrance to Sargisson Beach, has taken it upon himself to restore the beach, clean-up the grounds and gather support for eventually re-opening it (with docks and life guards) by the Town for everyone to use. Thanks to the Conservation Commission’s permission, Andrew and the Groton Highway Department spruced up the grounds and laid down a carpet of mulch. A new portable restroom was installed and the storage shed was repaired. Notices were put in the newspaper and town’s website announcing a Sargisson Beach volunteer effort from 7AM- 11AM on Saturday June 30th to remove accumulated weeds, leaves and branches from the beach area. The Groton Lakes Association and Weed Harvester Committee brought in the new trailer in...

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Lake Currents – May 2012

Dear GLA members and Friends, I received a number of positive responses from the first newsletter. If you have not sent your email address it to me do not forget as we will be sending future newsletters by email. We want to include all of our neighbors. Herbicidal Treatment for Non-Native Invasive Weeds On December 14, 2011, the Groton Lakes Association hosted a presentation by Mr. Savas Danos, the Director of Littleton’s Electric and Water Department. Savas is a professional limnologist, one who studies the physical, biological and geographical properties of lakes and ponds. He is also a resident of Groton who has agreed to consult with us as we move forward with our plans to restore our lakes. Littleton’s major water resource, Spectacle Pond, has also been plagued by non-native invasive weed populations. Savas working closely with the professional herbicide control consultants designed a plan to treat this water body with herbicide and monitor the application to ensure no contamination of drinking water supplies. His plan was reviewed and permitted by Littleton and the application was a great success. Not only were the weed populations reduced, more importantly, no herbicide was detected in any wells. Similar success has been achieved at Ayer’s Sandy Pond, Neponset Reservoir and in many other drinking water supplies. This herbicide called Sonar or fluoridone has been licensed and approved for use in...

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Lake Currents – March 2012

Dear Fellow Groton Lakes Association Members And Friends, Much water has literally gone over the dam since the Groton Lakes Association last sent you an update on the condition and quality of the lake, the issues surrounding treatment for non-native invasive weeds and the outlook for the future of this water resource. We plan on sending a number of informational newsletters to you in the coming months to bring old friends up to date and new members and neighbors a picture of where we have been and where we are going. The first few newsletters will be sent by mail, as we do not have a complete up to date list of your email addresses. It is much less expensive to send news to you electronically, so please, following receipt of this newsletter send your current email address to If you have moved, but still received this mailing, send us your new address as well. Last fall we elected a new President of GLA, Art Prest, who summered at the lake most of his life and now resides full-time. Art brings a lot of energy to our association and experience in dealing with the intricacies of government. Here is a video he made introducing himself and showing the condition of the lake, as it was last summer. Background During the mid to late 1980s a comprehensive lake-wide management...

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The Groton Lakes Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the Lakes of eastern Groton; primarily "Lost Lake," "Knop's Pond," "Baddacook Pond" and their coves.

Located in Groton, Massachusetts, the G.L.A. works closely with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as other community organizations to develop and implement programs, strategies, and ideas which will preserve the lakes for both native wildlife and recreational use, thereby enhancing the quality of life in our local watershed.

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