“Healthy Lake Boon” seeks volunteers

Do you want to volunteer to help make Lake Boon a healthier place?

The Lake Boon Association is organizing a working group to review some of the data and studies about Lake Boon, recommend solutions most likely to help, work with the governing bodies, and support successful implementation.

If you want to participate in whatever way you can, please confirm to David Gray at grayscale@earthlink.net.  We’ll accept volunteers anytime, but we’d appreciate a response by February 29.

We have plenty to do, and so much appreciate everyone’s help.  Please let us know if you have special interests or expertise.  Sample tasks are:

  • Review and summarize one of the lake studies (we have about a dozen)
  • Provide expertise in lake biology (several residents have this expertise)
  • Help prepare key recommendations
  • Collect data about the lake based on test kits, observations, etc.
  • Support recommendations during Stow and Hudson meetings…

    . . . and of course, do your own part to help take care of Lake Boon!

Dave Gray, Dave Siewierski and Dan Barstow have offered to get things rolling.

We call this effort “Healthy Lake Boon”.  I’m sure we can all get on board with that goal.


Dave G., Dave S., and Dan B.

Here’s more detail:

Lake Boon is such a wonderful lake, yet it faces several health-related issues such as invasive weeds, algae blooms and possible cyano-bacteria.

Over the past few decades, several studies have analyzed the nature and challenges of the lake, and recommended possible solutions.  We have implemented several of them, such as weed treatment, controlled drawdowns and enhanced road drainage.  Yet this past year, the lake had to be closed because of possibly dangerous bacteria, and the end of season surface algae across the lake reached historic levels.

Through a combined effort of Lake Boon Commission, Lake Boon Association, Stow and Nashoba Boards of Health, Hudson and Stow Conservation Commissions et al, we want to make sure we take the best next steps to care for the lake, have improved testing and communications, and otherwise do all we can to care for our wonderful lake.  We need to do this on an integrated “total lake management” approach that will connect the multiple factors and solutions.

LBA is taking the leadership role here, to collect and review previous studies, consider key recommendations, and propose solutions to the various ruling bodies in Stow and Hudson.  This would include possible changes in treatments, improved data collection where warranted, and better communications among the various agencies and Lake Boon residents.  LBA has already started a section on the LBA web site for water quality.

Fortunately, we have a wealth of volunteers to help—residents who are ready, willing and able to help collect data, review the most useful recent lake studies, and support actions we all may need to take for better stewardship of Lake Boon.

We’d like to have initial recommendations in time for this spring . . . coming up soon!

Thanks for volunteering!

Lake Boon Commission meets Wednesday, February 19

The Lake Boon Commission will meet Wednesday, February 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stow Town Building, 380 Great Road (Route 117) in Stow.

On the agenda:

1.    Public Comment

2.    Meeting Minutes – Review/Approve

3.    Pay Bills

4.    2020 Stow Warrant Article(s) – Review/Approve

5.    New Notice of Intent/Order of Conditions Applications

6.    Total Lake Management Discussion

7.    Discuss Process & Timelines for a NOI

8.    New Business

9.    Date of Next Meeting

10.    Adjourn

Lake Boon Commission meets January 29

The Lake Boon Commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29 at the Stow Town Building, 380 Great Road (Route 117) in Stow.

1.    Public Comment
2.    Meeting Minutes – Review/Approve
3.    2019 Annual Report – Review/Approve
4.    Pay Bills
5.    Total Lake Management Discussion (following BOH meeting)
6.    Discuss Process & Timelines for a NOI
7.    New Business
8.    Date of Next Meeting
9.    Adjourn

New album by Music Boat musician

FYI for Boonies who particularly enjoyed the Music Boat band playing at the last two Water Carnivals, musician Dwayne Haggins will be introducing his new album at Sanctuary in Maynard this Sunday, Dec 8, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets required, and can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dwayne-haggins-album-launch-concert-tickets-76781570745?fbclid=IwAR12w3M6kE7_u4XvcHFfcxT3ZclxssQ5nTRmXpsF5sFyaswxNXS_PaLmbOU

Lake Boon Commission meets 12/3

Lake Boon Commission Meeting
The Lake Boon Commission will meet on December 3, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stow Town Building, 380 Great Road, Stow.


1.    Public Comment
2.    Meeting Minutes Review/Approval – from 10/23 meeting
3.    Pay Bills
4.    Discussion/Vote re: Town Budget Submissions – Itemization of expected expenses (Operating & Town Warrant)
5.    New Business
6.    Date of Next Meeting
7.    Adjourn

Interested in HeatSmart? Sign up for an assessment by Nov. 30

verticallogosIf you are interested in participating in the HeatSmart home energy program, Friday, November 30 is the deadline to sign up for a free home energy assessment. You can sign up at http://www.HeatSmartHS.org.

HeatSmart Hudson-Stow is a community-led green energy initiative promoting economical, environmentally-friendly heat pumps for heating, cooling, and hot water, to Hudson and Stow residents. Hudson Light and Power, Green Hudson, and Sustainable Stow are collaborating with our towns, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the state Department of Energy Resources on this program. You may be eligible for 0% financing and other incentives for air- or ground-source heat pumps for heating and cooling your home, as well as heat-pump hot water.

For more information, email info@HeatSmartHS.org.

Drawdown update

We have now reached the full drawdown level of Lake Boon for winter, at 14” below norm. Drawdown began on October 10, and it has now stabilized, with a steady outflow that matches inflow from rain, aquifers and streams.  Last week, ice began appearing in the shallower basins. Sharpen your skates. Winter is coming!

For any questions on the drawdown, contact Dan Barstow, Lake Boon Commission, 978-235-3300, DanBarstow@gmail.com