Dave Lash on June 18th, 2013

Lake Elmo lake1cropped 300x178 Boat ramp reopened...but please minimize wakeThe 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!

Dave Lash on June 15th, 2013

Lake Elmo lake1cropped 300x178 No Wake Order issuedThe Hamilton and Essex Harbormasters have issued a No Wake Order until the water level recedes. This is being done to prevent shoreline erosion and to protect water quality. Please help us get the word out tell your neighbors. Thank you!

admin on June 17th, 2011

newsletter cover 201106sm Newsletter for June 2011View 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.
Dave Lash on June 15th, 2011

onset Water level monitoring goes hi techFrom the June 2011 newsletter:

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, we’re taking a giant leap into the modern age: the Association has purchased and installed a water level data logger that will record the lake’s water level every hour to the nearest quarter-inch. Downloaded to a PC and matched up with public precipitation data, we’ll be able to record fluctuations during the year and changes over time.

chebacco lake water depths 225s Uploaded lake studies: Lycott (1985) and Salem State (1998)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