Lake Boon herbicide booster treatment scheduled for May 26

REVISED MEMORANDUM, due to need for additional treatment in Basin 2

Please be advised that SŌLitude Lake Management will be conducting an herbicide treatment to the aquatic vegetation in Lake Boon in Stow/Hudson, Massachusetts on May 26, 2022.

The use of the lake’s water in Basins 2, 3 & 4 and in the Monahan’s and Hale Road Coves will be restricted as follows:

BASIN 2 (excluding Hale Road Cove and Monahan’s Cove)
Swimming – Until May 27th
Livestock watering – Until May 28th
Direct drinking – Until May 30th (note that lake water should not normally be used for potable water in general)
Irrigation – Until June 1st

Swimming – Until May 27th
Livestock watering – Until May 27th
Direct drinking – Until May 27th (note that lake water should not normally be used for potable water in general)
Irrigation – Until July 28th

Swimming – Until May 27th
Livestock watering – Until May 28th
Direct drinking – Until May 30th (note that lake water should not normally be used for potable water in general)
Irrigation – Until July 28th

Additional follow-up applications of the herbicide will be conducted over the course of the
summer and will be notified separately. Signs warning of the water use restrictions will be posted prior to treatment in the affected areas.

For more specific water-use restrictions based on location, please refer to the treatment map
posted below.

Please feel free to contact SŌLitude Lake Management at (508) 865-1000 with any

Lake Boon Association Annual Meeting Sunday, 6/5

The LBA is holding our annual meeting June 5th at 7:00 pm, at the Stow Pompositticut Community Center, 509 Great Road. All residents of Hudson and Stow are welcome. Those attending are requested to wear Covid face masks.

We will preview activities planned for the season as part of the business meeting. LBA apparel and history books will be available for purchase.

The program will feature a presentation on the Healthy Lake Boon Initiative which has just completed a comprehensive study of the lake hydrology, nutrient loading and other aspects in efforts to reduce algae blooms and excessive aquatic weed growth. Thanks go to the many citizen scientists around the lake for their participation. Lake Boon dynamics have been modeled to enable simulation of future climate change and planning to mitigate some of the anticipated effects.

Kris Krablin to resign from LBC, Stow representative needed

At the May 17, 2022 Lake Boon Commission meeting, Kris Krablin announced her resignation from the LBC, effective June 30, 2022. Kris has done a great job on the LBC, most recently as its Chair. She brought diverse interests of the lake together, saw the bylaws revision through, making them compatible with state regulations, and improved LBC organization. We will certainly miss her!

That leaves an opening on the LBC for someone from Stow to be appointed by the Select Board (the LBC comprises 2 members from Stow and 1 from Hudson).

LBC is an important group, responsible for managing our wonderful lake. We encourage Stow residents, especially those living on or near the lake to consider this position. To apply, refer to the posting on the town of Stow web site.

If you have questions about the LBC, you can contact Dan Barstow, Stow’s other LBC member at

Lake Boon Commission Meets Tuesday, May 17

The Lake Boon Commission will meet on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Public participation via calling in or using your computer is encouraged. For information on how to log in see the posted agenda at

Agenda topics:

  • Lake Boon Safety Patrol – Update from Stow Police
  • Public Comment
  • Stow Rec Commission 2022 Boat Rentals – Review/Approve
  • Meeting Minutes – Review/Approve
  • Bills for Payment – Review/Approve
  • FY22 Budget Balance
  • Spring Weed Treatment Update
  • HLBI Evaluation Results/Recommendations – Discussion
  • Boat, Motor Replacement, Buoys & Other Prep for 2022 Season – Discussion/Decisions
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Date of Next Meeting
  • Adjourn

Harmful Algal Bloom Workshop May 18

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) will be hosting a virtual half-day Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18.

Registration is free at the following link:

The workshop will include an opportunity to engage colleagues and experts with presenters from local, state and federal agencies on the best practices for monitoring and responding to blooms. A preliminary agenda is included below. Please feel free to contact ERG, the contractor handling the logistics of the webinar, at with questions or for more information.


1. State Agency Presentations
MA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
MA Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
MA Department of Public Health (DPH), Bureau of Environmental Health
2. Topic: Risk Communication
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
3. Topic: Building Local Partnerships for HAB Work
City of Worcester
Barnstable County
4. Technical Platform Presentations
Hood College Center for Coastal & Watershed Studies
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)