admin on February 21st, 2011

View the pdf here: CLA Newsletter – February 2011

In this issue:

  • President Sue McLaughlin summarizes the anniversaries and activities on the lake in the past year.
  • Arthur Crosbie, president of the Hamilton Historical Society, was the keynote speaker at the CLA Annual Meeting wowing the audience with a slide show on Lake Area History featuring the trolleys, hotels, and industries that populated the lake area in earlier days.
  • Robyn Kanter’s Designing with Nature column offers some good news and tips about the heavy snow this winter.
  • Robyn is also the CLA rep on the Centennial Grove Committee studying options for the ‘cottage property.’ Learn the latest.
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3 Responses to “Newsletter for February 2011”

  1. Hi,Just received newsletter.I have lived on the lake since the 70’s just reading over the newsletter the committe first says it cost $$$ for this letter,Well for all the past letters I’ve received they all seem the same,?? past history of lake and so on.Second you all say if membership money is paid for people who live around the lake is met,We can apply this to needs of the future as of activities ect.. and for the Grove and If water testing and as you put it WEED CONTROL WORK if necessary.??????????????? Is Your committe serious???? Weed control.When we moved here in the 70’s you could actually swim in the lake by the shores.The cabumba weed now is overbering My children can not even swim off my dock in the Summer.I have N.O.A.A. contacts and they stress to constantly keep on the state for clean up!!! Not Sure what the CLA does to petiton the state but I sure dont see a thing,and my neighbors surely can vouch for that.The state tried once a number of yrs back and failed,What we need is non reproductive CARP,Its proven study after study,and the silly argument for as they eat all Veg.is wrong and the ducks will starve.??? From what I see ducks do have wings. So in closing I just think too many people are not putting the correct actions first before this Lake Smothers itself out. Thank You JIM

  2. Jim,

    Thanks for your comment! Our first. It’s definitely a fair point to note that weed control is not a primary activity of the Association at present (water level and beaver control are clearly now at the top). We do monitor cabomba and other invasives plants every two or three years with a boat survey and mapping exercise. What we have noted is that the cabomba has receded dramatically from vast sections of the lake. (It sounds like yours it not one.) The bottom line if that we exhausted every weed mitigation avenue — some were found to be infeasible; others just way too expensive (dredging). Fortunately, the Salem State study showed that decomposition of weeds was not resulting in measurable sedimentation; that was great news!!

    There were many sterile carp advocates twenty years ago, but if you simply Google the topic today, you will see that they have become an environmental disaster in many places. While no one knows for sure the source of the carp threatening the Great Lakes, carp are a major threat there.

    Dave Lash

  3. Dear Jim- we appreciate your comments but there are a few things to consider. The State will not allow carp in any body if water. At the time that the hydro-raking was done, it was the only procedure that the State approved. While it removed some of the cabomba, it also removed a lot of native aquatic plants that absorb nutrients on which the cabomba thrives. While some of the articles are repeats, not everyone has lived on the lake for many years. There are always new property owners coming to the area and the CLWA strives to provide educational articles to all of our neighbors. Many lakeside residents have implemented a lot of our suggestions and as a result, most of the lake has less cabomba than in the past. If you have an abundance of cabomba in front of your property perhaps you and your neighbors should check to see if you are doing everything possible to keep nutrients from your properties out of the lake. Do you use lawn fertilizer? Does your property have trees, shrubs and a buffer zone? Will your septic system pass a Title V inspection and do you have it pumped every 2 to 3 years? There are many ways that all of us around the lake can work to improve water quality but there are still some people who don’t “get it.” Also, many readers of our newsletter have told us that they enjoy learning about the history of the lake area.

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