Lighting the lake for Covid-19 heroes


It has been suggested that Boonies may wish to join the symbolic international support of the heroes in this pandemic:  the doctors, nurses, EMTs and additional medical staff who serve us with very long, hard hours while risking their own health and that of their families. It would also be in appreciation for those working to keep our essential food and other supplies and services available, who are also at risk, and for our community where folks are performing acts of courage and kindness.

Our symbolic support could take the form of “lighting of the lake” on Friday evenings starting at 8:00 pm until bedtime, beginning today, April 10th as we are able, going on at least through May 1st.   For those who wish to participate, window candles and/or small holiday lights would seem appropriate, without overpowering flood or spot lights.

Those wanting to be in sync with other areas clapping in appreciation of our Covid-19 heroes should do so at 7 pm. However, the sun is setting around 7:20 pm these days so lighting around the lake won’t be visible until closer to 8 pm.

Lake Boon Commission meets April 16

The Lake Boon Commission will meet via teleconference on Thursday, April 16, starting at 7 p.m.

1.    Public Comment
2.    Meeting Minutes – Review/Approve
3.    Pay Bills
4.    2020 Stow Warrant Article(s) – Status
5.    Lake Refill – Update
6.    New Notice of Intent/Order of Conditions Applications – Update
7.    Healthy Lake Boon Initiative – Update
8.    LBC Boat, Buoys/Lights, Trailer & Boat Registrations
9.    New Business
10.    Date of Next Meeting
11.    Adjourn

This meeting will be held online via the Zoom Web Conferencing service. To join the meeting, go to: and enter password 885219.

From your phone (audio only) you can also call 1-929-205-6099 and enter the Meeting ID (493 762 821) followed by the # sign and password (885219).

Pursuant to Governor Baker’s March 12, 2020 Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, §18, and the Governor’s Orders imposing strict limitation on the number of people that may gather in one place, this meeting of the LAKE BOON COMMISSION will be conducted via remote participation to the greatest extent possible. Specific information and the general guidelines for remote participation by members of the public and/or parties with a right and/or requirement to attend this meeting can be found above. No in-person attendance of members of the public will be permitted, but every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings in real time, via technological means. In the event that we are unable to do so, despite best efforts, we will post on the Towns of Hudson & Stow websites an audio or video recording, transcript, or other comprehensive record of proceedings as soon as possible after the meeting.

Meeting will be held via a Zoom Meeting (Internet)

Public Participation via calling in or using your computer is encouraged

Zoom Online Meeting Only (details above)

Boards are back in the dam

We hope everyone is staying healthy and faring well. Perhaps the lake can give us some peace and respite and more time to observe the migratory birds. (A wood duck has been observed in the second basin.)

As of 8 a.m. this morning (March 20), the boards are back in the dam, starting the refill.

We have been exploring calculations for flow rates based on measurements from the past (empirical approach) and on standard formula based on the width of the weir (aka spillway) and depth of water (theoretical approach).

We now have a consolidated data base with at least 10 years’ measurements that we’ll post on the LBA web site. A big thanks to Theresa O’Riorden, Conray Wharff and Dave Gray who have taken turns over the years to acquire this data.

The major 1987 Camp, Dresser & McKee Diagnostic Feasibility Study has been added to the Water Quality menu here on the LBA website.

Place your bets now as to when the lake level will over-top the boards!

Dan Barstow
Lake Boon Commission

Stow Con Comm hearing tonight on Eversource project

There is a Stow Conservation Commission Public Hearing tonight that may be of interest to the Lake Boon community.  It relates to the Eversource transmission line project and its effects on the lake and our wells.  While the approvals for the project are being appealed, Eversource is trying to move forward.  Both the Sudbury and Hudson Conservation Commissions are challenging many environmental aspects of this plan, with the Hudson commission reportedly mentioning the threat of contamination of Boon Lake at the EFSB hearing.  It is unknown whether the Stow Conservation Commission will challenge the plan.  Interested parties should attend tonight and make any concerns heard regarding the safety of our lake and our well water:  Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 8:00pm, Stow Town Building, 380 Great Road, Stow

For background, the Eversource/DCR Notice of Intent, Stormwater Report and Plans, and final EFSB decision have been posted on the Stow Con Comm’s web pages here: