Sustainable Stow talk on Healthy Lake Boon project

The Healthy Lake Boon project is the subject of the net Sustainable Stow climate talk, which will take place on Wednesday, August 18 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. The talks are hosted by the Randall Library and are open to everyone. Request a Zoom link by contacting randalllibrary@gmail.com. The library will send the link before the talk.

Speakers Dan Barstow, Dave Gray, and Kirk Westphal will give an update on the progress of this project, funded by a MA Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant. This spring, trained volunteers began collecting water samples and measuring indicators of water quality and habitat health in Lake Boon. Brown and Caldwell, a firm specializing in lake hydrology, is analyzing the data to provide a basis for nature-based recommendations to protect Lake Boon in the face of projected climate change impacts.

Massachusetts has more than 3,000 lakes and ponds, providing recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat, and drinking water. It’s hoped that what we learn from Lake Boon can also be used to protect other state water bodies.

A test this weekend indicated the presence of some cyanobacteria in algae at the Town Beach, so this is a timely talk! Save the date and if you can’t attend, plan to watch on Stow TV’s Youtube channel when the talk is posted there.

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