by Dave Gray
For those who missed the LBA annual meeting last Sunday, here are a few significant points:
Police patrolling is being done in the Lake Boon Commission boat while the Police boat is under repair and warnings are being issued. Most common violations are idle speed any time in the narrows and idle speed anywhere during quiet hours (Sundays and holidays from 2-6 pm) and at night; life jackets required on standup paddleboards as well as other craft. When a violation is observed, the Stow Police should be notified even if it occurs in Hudson waters.
Waterfront identification is required to guide emergency responders on the lake: street address (preferably) or name in 3″ or higher characters contrasting to the background.
OARS provided an excellent presentation on how their long-term advocacy for the Assabet River has greatly improved its water quality running through Hudson and Stow, reducing phosphates from several upstream wastewater treatment plants. Lake Boon water quality also benefits from lower phosphate and bacteria loading which is aided by consistent septic system maintenance and pumping, use of no-phosphate detergents, cleaning up pet waste, maintaining a vegetated buffer at the shoreline. OARS is always looking for more members and participants in their river cleanups, invasive aquatic weed removal and water sampling. The OARS Riverfest celebration has over two dozen events scheduled the weekend of June 16-17.
The Water Carnival will be held this year August 24-26, 2018, the weekend before Labor Day weekend. LBA officers have noted that a number of people take a last vacation trip at that time before school begins and they miss out on the Water Carnival. It is being considered for 2019 that the Water Carnival be held on Labor Day weekend itself if it would enable greater participation. (This is the original timing of the celebration in the early days of the LBA.) If it was held Fri-Sat-Sun, that would still leave Labor Day itself to recover, have family gatherings and get ready to resume school.
Your input on preferred timing of the Water Carnival for 2019 would be appreciated. Leave a comment or email grayscale at earthlink dot net.