admin on June 15th, 2011

Our own Jim Dooner has created a summary of key safety requirements and recommendations from Federal, State, and Coast Guard guidelines. Brush up! Remind the kids! Model good habits! And speak up if you see unsafe practices!

Here’s Jim’s summary:

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These two diagnostic studies have provided extensive information on Chebacco Lake and lake managements issues. They are vital historical and technical references for anyone involved with current lake issues. They cover lake geology and hydrology, land and lake use,  water quality and water level, septic systems and excessive nutrients, wildlife and aquatic weeds, among other issues.

We have created pdfs of both reports (a shoutout to Joe Brain!) which you can download here:

Lycott (1985): Chebacco Lake Diagnostic/ Feasibility Study

Salem State College (1998): Chebacco Lake Diagnostic Report

admin on April 17th, 2011

Another from our files:

According to the Science Corner in Hamilton:

o Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight.

o Bats clean themselves many times a day.

o Bats are nocturnal and shy.

o Bats sleep upside-down during the day.

o Bats have good vision.

o Bats use “Echo-Location” to find nocturnal insects.

o Bats in the United States are insect-eaters.

o Bats eat one-third of their weight each night.

o Bats eat 600-1000 mosquito-sized insects/bat/night.

o Bats are an important part of nature’s scheme for controlling the insect population.

Interested in building a bat house?  One possible resource (dated?) is the Massachusetts Audubon Shop at Drumlin Farm, Lincoln (617-259-9661) for a selection of bat houses, bat kits, and related books.


admin on April 14th, 2011

From our files (1990):

As shoreline or adjacent property owners, maintaining your septic system requires more care and responsibility than it would elsewhere.  Nutrients from septic systems play a major role in causing excessive plant and algae growth in lakes.  Wastewater from your septic system that reaches adjacent surface waters also increases the chance of swimmers contracting a variety of infectious diseases that are associated with septic wastes.

You can do many things to help prevent the problems associatied with septic systems near shoreline areas.

1.  Regularly pump and maintain your septic system.  We urge you to have your tank pumped on a yearly basis.  Many lakeside systems remain old, poorly designed, and undersized due to conversion of a seasonal residence to year-round use.

2.  Conserve water in your home.

3.  Redirect surface water flow away from your leaching facility.  Water from driveways, roof downspouts or lawns travels toward the leaching facility, putting an extra load on the system.

4.  Plant a greenbelt away from your leaching facility and the shoreline.  Plant areas of small shrubs and trees to help intercept and absorb some of the nutrients before they reach the shoreline.

5.  Replace your septic system.  Although this is costly, it is sometimes the best alternative.

6.  Use white toilet paper — not colored.  It is more biodegradable.

7.  Do not use a garbage disposal.  This is a major source of clogging a septic system.

8.  Do not put solids or sanitary napkins, paper towels, grease, hair, oil, or coffee grounds down the drain.

9.  Do not put additives into your system.  Medicines, paint, paint thinner, disinfectants, pesticides and acids will only kill the bacteria which is needed to decompose the organic matter.

10. Do not use enzymes or acid for treating your septic tank.

11. Do not plant shrubs or trees with deep roots near your leaching area.

12. Do not allow heavy equipment to drive over the leachng area.

admin on March 17th, 2011

This boating survey of lake residents was conducted in 1990 by the Lake Assocation. Have you ever wondered about the resident boat population on Chebacco Lake?  Two CLA members (one the owner of a canoe and party barge; the other of a motorboat w/125 hp engine) decided to find out.  On Saturday, June 22, 1990 they cruised the lake between 8 and 9 a.m. and came up with the following count. Canoes: 45 at private residences, plus 7 at Gordon College and 5 at Camp Menorah.  Total: 57. Skiffs/Rowboats w/o motor: 43 at private residences plus 2 at Gordon College and 3 at camp Menorah.  Total: 48. Sailing craft (including boats and sailboards): 15 at private residences plus 4 at Camp Menorah.  Total: 19. Sculls: Total: 2. Kayaks: Total: 1. Inflatable boats: Total: 7. Paddleboats: Total: 6. Jet skis/personal watercraft: Total: 4. (Banned since 1992) “Party barges”: 1-90hp, 1-75hp, 1 w/o motor, 1-60hp, 1-55hp  1-50hp, 3-40hp, 6-35hp, 2-30hp.  Total: 17. Motorboats: *15-inboard motors 120-350hp, 1-200hp, 1-150hp, 6-140hp, 1-125hp, 3-115hp, 1-100hp, 5-90hp, 4-70hp, 1-65hp, 3-60hp, 1-40hp, 1-35hp, 1-30hp, 3-25hp, 1-20hp, 5-10hp, 3-9.9hp, 2-6hp, 2-5hp, 1-4.4hp.  Total: 61. *We designated the first category “inboard motors 120-350hp” because many of these engine sizes are not visible from the outside.  It is likely that the size ranges between 120-350hp. Note: (1) We did our best to include every type of water craft, but present this survey recognizing the possibility of minor errors or omissions.  (2) We sighted 3 additional boats on shore covered and could not determine hp.  (3) There was one motorboat w/o a motor.  (4) Some of the smaller hp boats may be electric. — submitted by Dave Lash (not sure who conducted the survey)


admin on March 17th, 2011

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admin on March 12th, 2011

In just a few weeks, the ice will be gone. Until then, let’s remember to use extreme caution as the ice softens and thins. Make sure children and pets do not venture onto the ice. Keep an eye for unsafe activity and don’t be shy about issuing a warning.

[photo from Google Images]


admin on March 9th, 2011

Think Spring!!!

The Trustees of Reservations are having the following events which may be of interest to lakeside residents.

Workshop on Sustainable Lawn Care Basics      Sat., May, 7     10-11:30 AM at the Long Hill Horticultural Center,

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Dave Lash on February 28th, 2011

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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.