7:00 PM, American Legion Hall, School Street, Hamilton
There will be a short business meeting and election of officers. Wayne Castonguay, director of the Ipswich River Watershed Association, will be the guest speaker this year. He will be providing an introduction to a recently formed group — the Parker, Ipswich and Essex Rivers Partnership and their relationship with Chebacco Lake.
Refreshments will be served.
Please join us. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet your lakeside neighbors and gather information so you can help protect Chebacco Lake and its watershed.
Your Fall newsletter is here. Among the news items:
- Notes from around the lake — reports on the boat ramp, cabomba, alewife, Alewife Brook, fishing derby, and boat parade.
- Water testing was done several times over the summer with excellent results.
- How to help the lake with a shoreline buffer zone
- Come join the fall shoreline clean-up, Saturday October 25, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
The Annual Meeting with be Thursday, October 16, 7:00 PM at the American Legion Hall, School Street, Hamilton.
Join us this Saturday for our first family fishing derby, running from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Pre-registration is required ($10 per person); register at the Danvers Agway, 9 Wenham Street, in Danvers. Prizes for the largest species by weight: $150 grand prize, $75 first prize, $50 second prize, and $25 third prize. Weight in at 1:00 at the boat ramp.
Sponsored by the Chebacco Lake & Watershed Association in partnership with Big Daddy’s Bait ‘N’ Tackle. For information, contact Daniel Wildes at Big Daddy’s, 978-804-9226.
Hold the date! On June 7th, the Chebacco Lake & Watershed Association will be holding its first Family Fishing Derby in partnership with Big Daddy’s Bait ‘N’ Tackle. Fishing veterans and newbies are all welcome! We’re celebrating the beauty of Chebacco Lake and hoping to spark youngsters’ enthusiasm for fishing and the outdoors.
Details will be posted soon but here’s what we can share: The derby will be open from 8 to 1. Prizes of $150/75/50/25 will be awarded with the lower three prizes likely restricted to entrants 16 and under. A $10 entry fee must be paid in advance at Big Daddy’s Bait ‘N’ Tackle at 9 Wenham Street, Danvers. Big Daddy’s will weigh your catch anytime through the derby hours so you can fish-and-release if you wish. Free coffee and water stations will be available on the lake.
Join us for a fun day! Bring the kids!
This issue provides winter news around the lake and a terrific article by our own Robyn Kanter on Winter Cold and Your Plants. Check it out!
Here’s a few photos from last week’s boat parade. Pirate Ship won for most creative. Yellow Submarine runner up. Yellow pontoon boat for most patriotic.
The full album of 12 photos can be found here: http://chebaccolake.phanfare.com/6145338
Articles this issue:
- Making preparations for the July 4th boat parade
- Notes from around the lake
- Alewife counts are up this year
- CLWA membership is up
- Landscaping for a healthy lake
- Boating safety tips, and more!
Have a great and safe summer, everyone!
Click here to view: June 2013 Newsletter
The boat ramp was reopened yesterday afternoon, but all boaters are asked to go slow the rest of this week. The water level only recedes about an inch per day so we are still in the danger zone for shore line erosion. Please tell your neighbors and call the Hamilton or Essex police (AKA the harbormasters) if you see a boat creating significant wake. Thank you!
Water tests for June and July can be examined here.
Water samples are taken at Echo Cove, Gregory Island, Lakeshore Drive, and the boat ramp. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health accepts an E. coli count up to 235 per 100 mL in fresh water bathing areas. The eight samples tested from Chebacco Lake ranged from <1 to 12. Great news once again!
FYI, the Essex Board of Health handles the testing at Centennial Grove.