Lake Boon Commission meets June 21

The Lake Boon Commission will meet on Monday, June 21. The meeting will take place on Zoom.

Agenda topics:

  1. Public Comment
  2. Meeting Minutes – Review/Approve
  3. Bills for Payment – Review/Approve
  4. Solitude Weed Treatment – Review
  5. Buoy Locations – Discuss
  6. Police Patrol – Update
  7. Year-end Budget Balance & Pending Expenses – Discuss/Approve
  8. Capital Planning – Discuss
  9. Healthy Lake Boon Initiative – Update
  10. Old Business
  11. New Business
  12. Date of Next Meeting
  13. Adjourn

To join the meeting, click here, and enter the meeting ID: 933 430 9600 and the password: LBC. To join by phone (audio only) you can also call 1-929-205-6099 and enter the Meeting ID (933 430 9600) followed by the # sign and password (486543).

Another wandering dock

High water levels from the recent rain are floating low footed docks away.

This dock floated up to a retaining wall in Basin 2, near 28 Lakeside Avenue. It appears to be about 3 feet wide by 10 feet long. Help is available if the owner needs it to tow it back home. Leave a comment if it’s yours.

June 6: Lake Boon Association annual meeting

Get your computer ready for the Lake Boon Association annual meeting, which will take place on Sunday, June 6 at 7 p.m. We will be meeting virtually on Zoom.

Agenda items include the latest on the Healthy Lake Boon Initiative, a look at LBA history in the Association’s centennial year, updates on lake water quality and quantity monitoring by our citizen scientists, and preliminary comments from Brown and Caldwell, our consulting firm. We’ll also share news on Hallock Point purchase and fundraising.

An agenda and zoom link will be sent soon to the LBA email list. You can also request a link by emailing Dave Gray at grayscale@earthlink.net. Feel free to forward it to neighbors who may not be LBA members or list subscribers. See you on the 6th!

(And while you’re updating your calendar for the LBA annual meeting, don’t forget that the 2021 LBA Water Carnival will take place on Labor Day Weekend, September 3, 4, and 5!)

Herbicide treatment will be June 2, restrictions on lake use

TO: Property Owners / Abutters to – Lake Boon, Stow/Hudson, MA
FROM: SOLitude Lake Management
DATE: May 26, 2021
RE: Management of Aquatic Vegetation in Lake Boon

Please be advised that SOLitude Lake Management will be conducting an herbicide treatment to the aquatic vegetation in Lake Boon in Stow/Hudson, Massachusetts on June 2, 2021.

The use of the lake’s water in some areas of the lake will be restricted as follows:
Swimming, boating, and fishing –Until June 3, 2021 in basins 2, 3, 4
Livestock watering –Until June 3, 2021 in basins 2, 3, 4
Direct drinking –Until June 5, 2021 in basins 2, 3, 4
Irrigation – Until June 7, 2021 in basins 2, 3, 4

For specific water-use restrictions based on location, please refer to the treatment map [attached and] posted at http://www.lakeboon.org. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact SOLitude Lake Management at (508) 885-0101.

Almost there on fundraising

Terrific news for Healthy Lake Boon and Hallock Point fundraising!

We are within a few hundred dollars of reaching the fundraising goal. Our recent benefactor’s one to one funding match ends when we reach that goal but additional contributions will be greatly appreciated in future lake management efforts.

A HUGE thank you to all who contributed toward maintaining the beauty and health of this wonderful water body.

  • We have provided the $18K MVP project grant matching funds for the ongoing comprehensive study of the lake to understand much more of its ecology and how to manage it.
  • We have supported the Stow Town Meeting in voting Community Preservation funds for Hallock Point.
  • We have nearly raised the $150K private funding goal to support the Town of Stow purchase and preservation of Hallock Point as conservation land.
  • Contributions earmarked for Healthy Lake Boon beyond the goal will be directed toward the LBA Lake Management Fund which will likely be needed in the future to implement recommended actions coming out of the lake study.

Hallock Point and Healthy Lake Boon: more good news

In addition to Stow Town Meeting’s approval of Community Preservation funding its share of the plan, a benefactor has stepped forward to provide a one to one match of all contributions to the campaign this past week through June 30th or when the goal is reached, whichever occurs first!

This is the chance to double your help in pushing it to the final goal! To donate, visit the Healthy Lake Boon Initiative page at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/the-healthy-lake-boon-initiative, or send a check to the Lake Boon Association, c/o Treasurer, 12 Pine Point Rd., Stow MA 01775, with Healthy Lake Boon Initiative on the memo line.

Celebrate Hallock Point conservation!

The Stow Town Meeting this afternoon overwhelmingly voted for the town to exercise its right of first refusal and purchase Hallock Point, now in MGL Chapter 61, with most of it to be preserved for conservation and passive recreation. It also approved Community Preservation Funds, making up a key portion of the purchase price!

Our sincere thanks go to all who are working so hard on logistics, real estate details, fundraising and of course, the many diverse donors bringing us close to our goal which made it attractive for the town to approve the CPA share. This is a key step toward supporting the health of the lake and wildlife as well as our enjoyment of them. Let’s keep the momentum going!

Lake Boon Commission meets May 24

The Lake Boon Commission will meet via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 24, 2021. Agenda topics are:

  1. Public Comment
  2. Meeting Minutes – Review/Approve
  3. Bills for Payment – Review/Approve
  4. Solitude Weed Treatment – Review Plan
  5. Annual Summary Report to Conservation Commissions – Review/Approve
  6. LBC & HLBI Town Meeting Warrant Articles – Results/Discussion
  7. Capital Planning Discussion
  8. Old Business
  9. New Business
  10. Date of Next Meeting
  11. Adjourn

For the Zoom link and dial in information for the meeting, please view or download the meeting agenda, which is available on the Lake Boon Commission page on the Town of Hudson website, here.

Votes needed at Stow Town Meeting to preserve Hallock Point and for a safer and cleaner lake

YOUR VOTE IS NEEDED! Lake Boon residents in Stow are urged to attend Town Meeting this Saturday, May 22 beginning at 9:00 am at Center School. Article 51 on the warrant is the authorization to provide the Community Preservation funding share to acquire Hallock Point as conservation land which we have been working diligently to support as part of our Healthy Lake Boon Initiative.

The warrant also includes articles for the funding for the water quality/aquatic weed herbicide treatment and police patrol to keep the lake safe. Stay for the entire meeting which will address many other important issues. The warrant is available at https://www.stow-ma.gov/home/news/2021-annual-town-meeting-warrant. Presentations should also be available shortly at https://www.stow-ma.gov.

This Town Meeting will be in-person, with indoor and outdoor seating options.