Jun 142013
Updated: June 15, 2013

Art Preset reports: "I visited the Lost Lake dam yesterday and the water level is four inches above normal Summer pool level and there is about four inches of water going over the top board in the dam. We have had almost 9 inches of rain in the first 15 days of June and might set a record (~17.8 inches in 1998) for the month of June. The lake rose 13 inches in 7 days!"

The water that’s been falling on Groton this week is going to be in Lost Lake by the weekend, and the forecast is for dry and sunny. And that’s making Andrew Davis and Art Prest pretty happy, because they’re hoping you’ll be in or at the lake too.

Davis is organizing the Sargisson Beach spring cleanup Saturday morning, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The annual volunteer event gets the town beach in shape for the summer. Volunteers pull weeds, both in and out of the lake; pick up litter and debris; and spend some time splashing on the beach. The Weed Harvester Committee helps out by loaning a trailer to haul the stuff away. It’s a family-friendly event where everyone is encouraged to bring their own tools (shovels and rakes and wheelbarrows) and help pitch in to make the beach a community showplace. Also, you can check out how this spring’s Sonar weed treatment has helped clear the waters. You can sign up using the online form at http://bit.ly/grotonbeachcleanupJune15th-2013 or surprise Davis and just show up. For more information, you can reach him at aed13@cornell.edu.

While you’re there at the lake, you can also join the Groton Lakes Association — you don’t have to live in around the lakes to sign up — to give the outfit some lobbying muscle and a wee bit of (tax deductible) cash. Prest is the group’s president, and he writes in an email that the association’s annual membership drive is happening right now. He writes:

In our last GLA Membership Drive in December of 2011 we set some pretty lofty goals in our plans to eradicate the non-native invasive weeds that were taking over our lakes and I am proud to say that we accomplished almost all of them with respect to Lost Lake and Knops Pond: 1) we proved that we did not have any endangered species present; 2) we obtained almost unanimous approval from the Town of Groton boards and committees to treat Lost Lake and Knops Pond with the herbicide Sonar and; 3) we succeeded in getting our Town Warrant Article approved to have the Town pay for the treatment. These efforts culminated in the first of two or three treatments with Sonar on April 24, 2013 and a second treatment on May 22, 2013.

However the job is not over. We need to develop and implement plans to restore Baddacook Pond which is being increasingly infested with the same weeds that that were destroying Lost Lake and Knops Pond. And we need to take steps to prevent further infestations of the current and future species of non-native invasive weeds or other non-weed species like Zebra mussels. We are developing plans to prevent new weeds and other invasive species from coming into our lakes at the public boat launches. Our plans include the distribution of educational brochures to boating guests at our lakes, enforcement of the newly signed Nuisance Weed Act by having boat/trailer weed inspection and monitoring, and researching the feasibility of a permanent wash station at the boat launch. We are also working with the town to reduce the amount of nutrients coming into the lakes from the houses on the lake and from the watershed around us.

Lakes Association members will be helping with the clean up and handing out paper membership forms that you can fill in and return with a check, or you can download the form here. You can also sign up online by sending the group $25 for annual dues with this line. And visit the association web site for more info on its history and activities.