- News items around the lake
- Spring alewife counts
- July 4th boat parade info (below)
As part of our 30-year anniversary celebration, please join your neighbors by renewing (or beginning) your CLWA membership.
The boat parade has been a tradition on the lake since at least the 1950’s. Back then, the boats would go around the lake carrying a few flags in the morning. Later in the day, people would dress in costumes and water ski. One man used to wear a top hat and tails while sitting on a tall stool atop a disc being pulled by a boat. The late Ray Kershaw would ski around the lake wearing a hula skirt with a couple of coconut shells tied to his chest. After dark, a man who lived on Echo Cove Road would pass out road flares to everyone in the cove who had a dock. They were lit at the same time and boats would go around carrying sparklers.
In later years, the parade changed to include participants wearing costumes and decorating their boats. Different themes and prizes were added a while back. Participation in the parade has dwindled in recent years except for the year when “Grown-Ups” was being filmed. We would like to keep this tradition going but there needs to be more entries. Join the fun and come up with an original idea to decorate your boat. It can have a patriotic theme, something related to a television or movie character, an event or anything else. There will be awards for the winners and prizes for all participants. All boats will meet on front of the beach at Centennial Grove at 1:00 PM and proceed counter-clockwise around the entire lake at a slow speed. At the finish, please wait until the awards can be handed out. We hope that it will be a good day and there will be plenty of spectators to cheer on the boats from shore. In case of bad weather, call 978-468-7715 before noon that day.
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
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.
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.
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,Â 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