Lake Boon herbicide booster treatment scheduled for May 26

MEMORANDUM

TO: Property Owners / Abutters to – Lake Boon, Stow/Hudson, MA
FROM: SŌLitude Lake Management
DATE: May 21, 2022
RE: Management of Aquatic Vegetation in Lake Boon

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 3 & 4 and in the Monahan’s and Hale Road Coves will be restricted as follows:

BASIN 3 & 4 / HALE ROAD COVE
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

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 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.

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

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 DanBarstow@gmail.com.

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 https://www.townofhudson.org/sites/g/files/vyhlif3281/f/agendas/5-17-22-lbc-agenda.pdf

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: http://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_kiqaYy-9ShiO-7GAtQ7Q7g

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 meetings@erg.com with questions or for more information.

AGENDA

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)

Roadside cleanup and River Walk Work Day

Happy day after Earth Day! This weekend, take some time to enhance the environment, set a good example for our kids and 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. You can put the accumulation with your normal trash pickup. Participants should wear gloves, long pants and long sleeves to help avoid poison ivy and bright clothes or a reflective vest for safety.

Those in Stow can also be part of the town-wide cleanup April 30th, signing up at the Lower Common (Shaw’s plaza) on Saturday morning. The Stow Cleanup Group will have yellow garbage bags available for pick up at no cost from 8 a.m. to noon. Bags can be put 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.

In Hudson there is also a River Walk Work Day on Sunday, April 24th, 9 am to noon taking next steps in restoring the ecological health of the Assabet River’s banks in Downtown Hudson. Sponsored by the Hudson Conservation Commission, more details available at:
https://www.townofhudson.org/home/news/reminder-volunteers-needed-riverwalk-workday-april-24

Sign up for spring discount septic pumping program by May 21

The Lake Boon Association is once again sponsoring our discount septic pumping program. This spring’s program will run beginning the week of June 6th. The deadline for sign up is Saturday May 21st.

To register please email David Siewierski at lbaseptic@gmail.com with your name, address and phone number for scheduling or call him at 978-562-2203 with your name, address and phone number.

The program is open to anyone living within the Lake Boon watershed or within a mile of the lake. Since the inception of this program many holding tanks have been pumped at the discount price, saving money for individual homeowners while preserving property values and helping reduce weed and algae growth in the lake.

The more frequently a system is pumped (recommendation every 2 years depending on family size), the longer it will last and work well. The LBA sponsors this program spring and fall each year.

Rich Casaceli continues to give us excellent service so please spread the word to your neighbors on Lake Boon so we can continue to do everything we can to clean up the lake and keep our septic systems running well.

Herbicide treatment announced for April 27

This memo from SŌLitude Lake Management details the upcoming herbicide treatment. You can download a .pdf of the memo here.

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 April 27, 2022.

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

  • Swimming, boating, and fishing – Until April 28th
  • Livestock watering – Until April 28th
  • Direct drinking – Until April 28th (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 at www.lakeboon.org.

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

Lake Boon Commission Meets April 12

The Lake Boon Commission will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. The Commission will meet via Zoom. Public Participation via calling in or using your computer is encouraged. For directions on how to connect via computer or phone, please see the agenda posted on the Town of Hudson website.

  • Agenda / Topics:
  • Public Comment
  • Meeting Minutes – Review/Approve
  • Bills for Payment – Review/Approve
  • Stow Rec Commission 2022 Boat Rentals – Review/Approve
  • Lake Refill, Weed Treatment & HLBI Updates – Discussion
  • Boat, Buoys & Other Prep for 2022 Season – Discussion/Decisions
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Date of Next Meeting
  • Adjourn

Lake Boon going up, dam board in / Just say no to phosphorus

Happy spring, Boonies!

As we ‘spring ahead’ in time and temperature, be aware that the first dam flash board was put in place today and the lake level will gradually rise by about a foot over the next month or so, depending on rain and snow melt runoff as well as groundwater inflows. This is the time window for chilly waterfront maintenance at low levels!

At this time of year for those contemplating service contracts with landscaping or DIY, they or you should minimize use of any fertilizers and not use any containing phosphorus. The Healthy Lake Boon study is finding that runoff (including fertilizers) is the dominant source of phosphorus going into the lake and promoting the growth of algae and aquatic weeds. A full report will be available late this spring.