The 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!
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.
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.
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