Divers in the lake Saturday May 5

As a very important part of the Healthy Lake Boon project we are having divers collect a half dozen sediment core samples this Saturday, May 1st through the middle of the day at various locations in the 1st and 2nd basins. All boats must stay at least 100 ft away from the diving boat which will display the red and white divers flag.

The divers can bring their own boat but to save time and launching effort it would be helpful if someone on the lake could offer their own boat and pilot it for the duration. The boat would need to have low freeboard for ease of the diver getting back aboard, should have a fair amount of level deck space to lay out the equipment and samples, and the pilot should be fully vaccinated. Please reply to Dave Gray at grayscale@earthlink.net if you are willing and able to provide this valuable service for our lake community.

Lake Boon Commission meets April 26

The Lake Boon Commission will meet on Zoom on Monday, April 26 at 7 p.m. The agenda as posted is:

  1. Public Comment
  2. Meeting Minutes – Review/Approve
  3. Bills for Payment – Review/Approve
  4. Stow Recreation Commission Request for Boat Rentals – Review/Approve
  5. Boat & Buoys – Discuss/Decision
  6. LBC Statement of Support of Healthy Lake Boon Fundraising – Review/Approve
  7. LBC Article for LBA Gazette – Review/Approve
  8. Solitude Weed Treatment – Status/Update
  9. Old Business:
    o LBC 2020 Archives
    o Annual Summary Report to Conservation Commissions
  10. New Business
  11. Date of Next Meeting
  12. Adjourn

To participate, follow the instructions on the agenda posted on the Town of Hudson website, which you can access at https://www.townofhudson.org/sites/g/files/vyhlif3281/f/agendas/4-26-21-lbc-agenda.pdf. You can participate online via Zoom or by telephone.

OARS Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Boonies, help support more of our watershed while enjoying a very entertaining series of films!

OARS (for the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers)
13th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

OARS is hosting an evening (and 5 days on demand) of award-winning films from the largest environmental film festival in the nation. These stunning films about nature, adventure, and the people that work to protect our special places are sure to leave you amazed, inspired, and smiling! There’s something for everyone.

LIVE Virtual: Friday, April 30 at 7pm (Lobby “doors” open at 6:30)

Streaming on demand: Saturday, May 1 – Wednesday, May 5

Details and tickets: http://www.oars3rivers.org/event/filmfestival

Roadside litter cleanup next weekend

Earth Day is April 22 and next weekend, April 24-25, is a great opportunity to observe it. We can contribute to our lake community, enhance the environment, set a good example for our kids & grandkids, and carry out another part of our Healthy Lake Boon Initiative. Please help pick up trash along our roads to keep the neighborhood looking nice and prevent anything from blowing into the lake or clogging storm drains.

In Hudson, the Clean-Up Weekend will take place Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will be in front of Hudson High School to hand out trash bags and to dispose of the trash you have collected, or you can dispose of it with your household trash. Volunteers will also be collecting donations for the Hudson Food Pantry, which has a need for easily-prepared meals, cereal, canned fruit, pasta, rice packets, chilli, stew, and hamburger helper.

Those in Stow can also be part of the town-wide cleanup and register at:
Sign Up Genius at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054CAAAF23ABFA7-stow. You can also sign up in person on Saturday if you prefer not to sign-up on-line.

The Stow Cleanup Group will have yellow garbage bags available for pick up at no cost at the Lower Common on Saturday, April 24, from 8 a.m. to noon. Bags can be tossed in your own trash can or left by the side of the road. The Stow Town Highway Department will pick up bags the following Monday.

Participants must adhere to all CDC guidelines in regards to COVID-19 precautions including wearing a mask and maintaining 6 feet of distance. In addition, participants should wear gloves, long pants and long sleeves to help avoid poison ivy and bright clothes or a reflective vest for safety.

Sustainable Stow presents “Climate Change in MetroWest and Beyond”

We know changes are ahead, but what can we expect right here in our communities? And what can we do to avoid the worst impacts of climate change in the next ten years?

To learn more, join Sustainable Stow on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 pm for the first in a series of talks from Randall Library. Our speaker is Joy Marzolf from The Joys of Nature who will speak on “Climate Change in MetroWest and Beyond,” focusing on ways climate change is affecting wildlife and us all.

To request a Zoom link for this session on Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m., send an email to: randalllibrary@gmail.com. The library will email all attendees the link prior to the talk. The session will also be recorded and shared on Stow TV.

Future sessions will cover other aspects of climate change and implications for local residents.

Lake Boon Commission meets April 7

The Lake Boon Commission will meet via Zoom on Wednesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. Public participation online or by phone is encouraged. See below for log-in details.

The agenda topics will be:

  1. Public Comment
  2. Meeting Minutes – Review/Approve
  3. Bills for Payment & FY21 Budget Status – Review/Approve
  4. FY22 Budget Approval & Spring Town Meetings/Warrants – Status/Update
  5. Spring Refill -Update
  6. Boat & Buoys – Discuss/Action Plan
  7. Healthy Lake Boon Initiative (HLBI) – Status Update to LBC (note: this item will be moved up in the agenda, so if you are interested in hearing about it, plan to join the meeting at or close to the start.)
  8. Solitude Activity Status – Pre-season Survey, 1st treatment & related postings, any changes from HLBI analysis, etc.
  9. Stow Recreation Commission Request for Boat Rentals – Review/Approve
  10. Prep for Annual Summary Report of Drawdown
  11. Old Business: LBC 2020 Archives
  12. New Business
  13. Date of Next Meeting
  14. Adjourn

This meeting will be held online via the Zoom Web Conferencing service. To join the meeting, go to:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9334309600?pwd=eUdzL3Y2cGlyZGkyZ0huVzJmYklaZz09 The meeting ID is 933 430 9600, and the password is LBC
From your phone (audio only) you can also call 1-929-205-6099 and enter the Meeting ID (933 430 9600) followed by the # sign and password (486543)