Dangerous tree near Barton Road dam

During Saturday night’s thunderstorm a large pine tree was severely damaged with splits appearing all the way up the trunk that are not visible from the water side. Boaters and especially fishing boats should stay away from that area south of the dam, near 112 Barton Road, Stow. The owner is making arrangements to have the tree taken down later this week.

Lake Boon Commission meets September 22

The Lake Boon Commission will meet on Zoom on Wednesday, September 22 at 7 p.m. Public participation via calling in or using your computer is encouraged.

  • Agenda:
  • Public Comment
  • Meeting Minutes – Review/Approve
  • Herbicide Order of Conditions, Hudson Renewal – Update
  • Solitude Deliverables & Contract Expiration – Discussion
  • Bills for Payment – Review/Approve
  • End of Season Planning (drawdown, buoys, boat, etc) – Discussion/Planning
  • Dam Repair Work – Update
  • Water Quality & Healthy Lake Boon Initiative – Update/Discussion
  • Kattelle Property Development – Discussion
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Date of Next Meeting
  • Adjourn

For login and dial-in information please see the posted agenda on the Town of Hudson’s website.

Music on Lake Boon, Sunday Sept. 19

The band Hard Knox, which recently played on the Lake Boon Music Boat during the Lighting of the Lake festivities, will be performing again at Lake Boon this Sunday, September 19, at 3:00 p.m. Set up will be at the Stow town beach, so people can come by land or by sea. Donations will be collected for the Lake Boon Association throughout the show. We hope you can come and enjoy some familiar music, and please tell friends and neighbors about the fundraising efforts.

Lake Boon algae/cyanobacteria update

Because a dense algae bloom appeared along the northern shoreline of Pine Point Road waterfront on September 6, a couple of “quick tests” for cyanotoxins were done by the Lake Boon Association. These were NOT the official state-sanctioned test that requires laboratory work and several days turnaround. The test at 10 am at the north end of the first basin indicated the presence of cyanotoxins. A notice was then sent out to the LBA email list including the MA information sheet on Hazardous Algae Blooms to warn folks around the lake.

Another quick test was done on a sample taken the same day at 12:30 pm at the town beach which showed no toxins present.

Subsequently, a quick test was done on September 10 at 4:00 pm at the east end of the second basin that showed no toxins present.

This type of test is unofficial, but we believe is appropriate for giving a timely warning. However, it is not appropriate to use it to indicate safe conditions. In fact, no testing can assure safe conditions throughout a water body. Conditions can change rapidly with temperatures, sunlight, wind/wave speed and direction. Residents must use their own judgment.

The Mass DPH recommendation is to require two official negative cyanobacteria tests a week apart (plus testing time) to open a swimming beach that has been closed. But we are not aware of Stow or Nashoba Boards of Health doing any testing or closing the beach. The life guarded swimming season is over so they have less responsibility.

Again, residents must use their own judgment about swimming, etc. based largely on appearance of the water. If cyanobacteria are present the highest risk is to small children and pets that may ingest lake water. Dogs have died from this in Massachusetts.

There is information on cyanobacteria and the quick test being used by the LBA at
https://www.mass.gov/doc/harmful-algae-blooms-in-fresh-water-bodies-english-0/download
and https://www.5strands.com/products/blue-green-algae-water-test.

CAUTION: Cyanobacteria detected in first basin

A very visible green and brown algae bloom appeared in the north end of the first basin this morning 9/6 and was given a quick test. It showed positive results for cyanotoxins. Lake conditions are similar and may be producing similar algae blooms in other parts of the lake.

Small children and animals at high risk of ingesting lake water should be kept out of the water! Contact with the toxins can also cause skin rashes and other symptoms. See this bulletin on Harmful Algae Blooms for more information.

Update on the Barton Road Dam

From the Stow Police Chief:
“Update to the Barton Road Dam. As a result of the slope failure that occurred this past weekend on the downstream slope of the dam, traffic has been reduced to a single lane in the area of the spillway until additional slope stabilization repairs can be completed. Traffic control devices have been put in place on the roadway to reduce to one lane. Once designs for slope stabilization repairs have been made and approved, repairs will be started. These repairs are expected to be completed within the next few weeks. Once completed all traffic control devices will be removed and traffic will resume as normal.”

Michael Sallese, Chief of Police, Stow Police Department

Barton Road closed

Friday afternoon, damage to the Barton Rd dam culvert became evident. To make inspection and repairs, Barton Rd is closed to traffic. The Highway and Police Departments and dam Engineers are on site for this. For the inspection and internal culvert repairs, the dam flow will be blocked off and lake level will rise slightly. The dam itself is secure and no other effects will be felt around the lake. 

However, boaters are asked to avoid the dam area and NOT generate large wakes anywhere near it today to enable inspectors to enter the culvert safely.

There will be more information available after the inspection and repair.