GLA Goal: Restore and preserve Groton’s lakes and ponds as recreational resources for future generations.

Groton Lakes Association, Inc.
P.O. BOX 646
Groton, MA 01450

Dear Lake Neighbors and Friends,
We hope this letter finds you well. Here is a brief update on the major initiatives the GLA is involved in. As always, we rely on the support of members like you to help further our mission of restoring and preserving our lakes. Thanks in advance for your continued support of the GLA.

Lost Lake/ Knops Pond: The focus for Lost Lake and Knops Pond this year is to maintain the quality of water that we have enjoyed for the past few years since the herbicide treatment program began in 2013. Each year a maintenance or spot treatment is needed in order to keep the invasive weeds at bay. Our partner, Solitude Lake Management has developed a treatment plan for this season. This year’s treatment plan will include the use of Diquat herbicide for the Milfoil, Curly Pond Weed and Bladderwort throughout Lost Lake and Knops Pond plus a Clipper spot treatment of Fanwort in select patches around the lakes. We have the option again this year to apply Copper Sulfate to combat algae blooms if needed. As always, the treatments are done in accordance with the State and Town regulation. The treatment is currently scheduled for June 12th.

Payment for the annual spot treatments fall 100% on the GLA. The Town funds appropriated in 2013 have been exhausted and it is up to us to fund the annual herbicide treatments. This year’s treatment costs could be as much as $20,000. At the time of this letter we have a budget shortfall of about $5,000. We are very fortunate to have generous donors like yourselves who rally for a cause like this- Now is the time when we really need your support.

Baddacook: Good news! The Baddacook Pond weed control project was approved by the Water Department, Selectmen and by voters at town meeting. Funding for the project will come primarily from the Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds with donations from the Groton Water Department and the GLA. At town meeting, CPA funding was approved for 2 out of the 3 project years which was the maximum that the Community Preservation Committee could obligate at this point. We’ll need to go back to town meeting for year 3.

Over the next 3 years the Baddacook weed control project will consist of hydro-raking and weed harvesting. The hydro-rake will be used to clear access areas and locations that are too dense for weed harvesting. The weed harvester will be used to cut and remove plant mass from the remaining locations. If the CPA project is successful, the Selectmen and Groton Water Department have agreed to continue to support a weed harvesting program. While this is not the optimal solution it provides immediate relief from the invasive weeds. Knowing that we can only consider mechanical control methods at this point this solution was recommended by a professional lake management company. It also has the backing of the Groton Water Department. It is a very positive step towards counteracting the deterioration of Baddacook Pond. We’ll look forward to the project starting up in July.

The Weed Watcher program will continue again this year. The program has been very successful at educating boaters on transportation of weeds and preventing import/ export of invasive species into/ out of our lakes. Volunteer weed watchers are in high demand right now- We could use some volunteers at both the Lost Lake and Baddacook ramps for weekend shifts- Please contact the GLA if you are able to help out the Weed Watchers program.

You may have noticed that our annual membership dues increased last year. The reason for the increase was quite simple- funding the annual herbicide treatment to maintain our lakes at the current quality requires more money than we’ve been able to raise annually. The historic $25 membership does not cover the costs any longer. Annual herbicide treatments will cost between $15,000 and $25,000 per year to treat Lost Lake and Knops Pond. Please consider making a generous contribution this year to maintain the quality of our lake system. An average donation of $150.00-$250.00 per household will help guarantee the success of our lake treatment program. Every contribution matters so please do what you can to help out

We need the entire Groton community’s help to bring all these efforts to fruition, both financially and personally. Please support the Groton Lakes Association in any way you can. Please give generously so that we can make and keep our lakes healthy. If you have any expertise (e.g., legal, grant writing, webpage design and updates, botany, ecology, etc.) that could be helpful to our shared efforts, please volunteer and join the GLA team. If you have time to be a Weed Watcher at the public boat launches, please do so. And please provide your contact info. [emails/phone #s] so that you can stay informed through GLA updates. We need all of your support to bring these lakes back to what they were in the past.

Thank you for your support,
-Groton Lakes Association

Every contribution matters!
No officer receives compensation for their services at the GLA.

Annual Membership Dues Donation: $50.00
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The Groton Lakes Association, Inc
P.O. BOX 646
Groton, MA 01450

Donations to the Groton Lakes Association, Inc are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
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Thank you,
Brad Harper
President, GLA