Interested in getting more involved in protecting Stow’s wetlands and open spaces and learning more about the town? The Stow Conservation Commission is seeking a member to join a collegial and hard-working volunteer board in Stow. The Commission meets on the first and third Tuesday night of every month (currently via Zoom). Members also participate in occasional site visits and help with projects between meetings. The Conservation Commission administers and enforces the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the Town of Stow Wetlands Protection Bylaw and Regulations. The Commission reviews work within 100 feet of a wetlands and 200 feet of streams and ponds (100’ on Lake Boon). The Commission also guides management of more than 1,500 acres of town conservation land throughout the community.
The ideal candidate is interested in protecting the environment and has a background or interest in environmental science, law/policy, real estate, land use, planning, engineering or similar disciplines, but anyone can serve so long as they are willing to become familiar with the laws and regulations that the Commission works with. Great training programs are available. If you’d like to learn more, please feel free to contact the Conservation Department at email@example.com or 978-897-8615.
The Town of Stow is seeking a part-time, temporary Citizen Science Coordinator for a two-year paid position coordinating volunteers participating in an assessment of water quality issues at Lake Boon under a Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant.
There are advantages to an applicant living on or near Lake Boon. See the job posting here for details.
The Lake Boon Commission will meet on Wednesday, February 10 on Zoom. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. For Zoom link info, download the agenda at the Lake Boon Commission page on the Town of Hudson website, here.
Agenda: 1. Public Comment 2. Meeting Minutes – Review/Approve 3. Bills for Payment – Review/Approve 4. 2020 LBC Annual Report – Review/Approve 5. Solitude Lake Mgmt 2020 Annual Summary Report – Discussion & Next Steps for 2021 6. Spring Town Meetings – Discuss/Approve Warrant Article requests 7. MVP Grant Update 8. Old Business 9. New Business 10. Date of Next Meeting 11. Adjourn
On the agenda of the 1/19/21 Stow Conservation Commission is a discussion with the engineering firm working on plans for rehabilitation of the Lake Boon Dam. The discussion is scheduled for 7:40 p.m. It is not a public hearing. There will be one or more Conservation Commission public hearings later, once the design is complete and the project is ready for permitting.
This meeting is expected to be an update from the consultants on the project status and schedule, and then will delve into some fairly technical issues including impacts to wetlands (temporary and permanent), wetland replication and compensatory flood storage.
If you have not done so and are able, please consider making a substantial donation to the Lake Boon Association to support the Healthy Lake Boon Initiative. Many of your neighbors have already done so and there is still time to obtain a 2020 deduction depending on your tax situation. The Initiative will provide:
The required grant matching funds for the 2-year study of the lake to mitigate algae and weed growth among other issues.
The preservation of most of Hallock Point in the 3rd and 4th basins as undeveloped conservation land.
Instructions for joining the meeting can be found at the Lake Boon Commission page on the Town of Stow website: https://www.stow-ma.gov/lake-boon-commission. In the Agendas box on the lower right hand of the page, click on the link for the December 16 meeting to download an agenda with connection link and phone-in instructions.
The Lake Boon Commission will meet at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25. The only topic on the agenda is review and approval of the Hudson FY22 LBC Budget Submission.
The meeting will be held online via Zoom. To join, click here. The meeting ID is 933 430 9600 and the password is LBC. From your 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).