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.
From the June 2011 newsletter:
Start planning for our annual July 4th boat parade on Monday, July 4. Be a part of the fun! Show your creativity! Gather your family and friends and join the parade.
The parade will start at 1 pm, at Centennial Grove and proceed around the entire lake, passing the judging area, and ending back at the Grove for awards. Impress Judge Judy!
A prize will be given to each boat entry, and special awards will be given for most patriotic, best in show and most original. Last year each entry received a gift certificate to either The Weathervane or The Farm!
If youâ€™re planning a July 4th cookout, make the boat parade part of your fun!
View the pdf here: Newsletter for June 2011
In this issue:
- Are you planning for the July 4th Boat Parade!? See parade details.
- The Essex Music Festival will be held August 27 at Centennial Grove.
- President Sue McLaughlin traces the rise and decline of the cabomba weed in the lake, noting mitigation steps residents can take.
- Robyn Kanter’s Designing with Nature column discusses the tree problem caused by winter moth catapillars.
- The Eastern Railroad was an amazing driver of the local economy a century ago. Loaded with photos, Keith Symmes’ history appears in the Yesteryear section.
- Also: Water level monitoring goes hi-tech. Another disappointing alewife season. Fresh water mussels keep the water clean. And more.
After much technological hullabaloo, I’ve managed to make a set of screen captures of the movie emphasizing two aspects: scenes on or about the lake and scenes that include local extras (the big July 4th basketball game at the end of the movie).
If you have other photos you’d like added to our PhotoGallery, please send them along.
– submitted by Dave Lash
Once again this spring, the Association participated in the annual alewife count coordinated by Peter Phippen of Eight Towns and the Bay. We sent observers to the Apple Street bridge on the weekends in April and May looking for alewife coming upstream to spawn in Chebacco Lake. Sadly, despite over 30 sessions, no alewife were spotted, suggesting that this yearâ€™s alewife population is probably down again.
Locally, we strive to keep Alewife Brook clear of any obstructions preventing the alewife run. Last summer, for example, Association volunteers worked with the Department of Marine Fisheries cutting back vegetation and removing debris. Nevertheless, it may be that the declining alewife population is a product of over-fishing in the Atlantic fisheries. Association Board Member Chuck Bencal, who works in the industry, reports that colossal fishing ships have been netting mackerel and herring for over a decade. Marine Fisheries has recently documented that lake herring schools (alewife) have been netted right alongside ocean herring. Fortunately, Marine Fisheries and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) have dramatically cut the allowable quota for this year. Hopefully, weâ€™ll see the alewife population rebound in the years ahead.
Is the lake too high? Too low? How much rain produces flooding? Are beavers and vegetation choking Alewife Brook? Despite how critical water level management has become, until now, lake level monitoring has been more anecdotal than empirical. This year though, weâ€™re taking a giant leap into the modern age: the Association has purchased and installed a water level data logger that will record the lakeâ€™s water level every hour to the nearest quarter-inch. Downloaded to a PC and matched up with public precipitation data, weâ€™ll be able to record fluctuations during the year and changes over time.
I was recently in communication with Todd Lyon who sells aerial photos. He has several in his inventory of Chebacco Lake so I thought I’d post the link here in case any CLWA members are looking for a print for their home.
You can view the photos and reach Todd at http://theflyinglyon.com/
If you know of other aerial photos that might be available, please leave a comment below.