Indian Lake Watershed Association Update 10/1/2017
Philip D checking the secchi disk reading from the dock on a beautiful summer evening.
Fall Cleanup Saturday, November 4th from 9am to noon

Please join us for our semi annual cleanup of the shoreline, parks, beaches and memorials around Indian Lake! Goals for the day include: shoreline cleanup; picking up trash, branches, leaves; mowing/trimming; preparing flower beds for winter.

Volunteers will spread out to various neighborhood locations as needed: Morgan Park, Hapgood Brooks Memorial, Indian Lake Beach, Sears Island Causeway, Frostholm Memorial, Shore Park, Norton Drive.

Meet at Morgan Park at 9am. For more information, contact the Indian Lake Watershed Association at
Phragmites Treatment Tuesday, October 3, 2017
The City of Worcester has contracted Solitude Lake Management to apply the herbicide glyphosate for the control of the Phragmites australis (Common Reed), which has been growing around the edges of Indian Lake. Phragmites is an aggressive invasive species that can fill in lakes, exclude native vegetation, and displace wildlife. While there are several methods to control Phragmites, treatment with glyphosate is one of the most effective and economical.
Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide, meaning that it will kill the entirety of the plant (not just the foliage), significantly reducing the amount that comes back next year. Glyphosate functions by inhibiting the synthesis of an enzyme responsible for the production of several amino acids necessary for the building of essential metabolic proteins in the plant, thereby starving it. While this enzyme is found in many plants, animals do not have it. Rather, animals gain those amino acids from the consumption of plants. Glyphosate is therefore non-toxic to humans, and the Lake can remain open during the application.

Worcester Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative Most Recent Report
The Worcester Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative (WCMC) is a citizen scienc
City of Worcester Environmental Analyst Jacquelyn Burmeister works with volunteers from Lake Quinsigamond to analyze water samples.
e program in which volunteers gather water samples using a plankton net once a month at Worcester waterways including Indian Lake, Patch Reservoir, Coes Reservoir, and Lake Quinsigamond. Volunteers then meet at Regatta Point at Lake Quinsigamond to examine the water samples under a microscope for cyanobacteria and microscopic critters. 
Important data is collected which will help representatives from the City of Worcester Lakes and Ponds Program establish processes for anticipating cyanobacteria blooms     .   

Mass DOT making Improvements to benefit Indian Lake

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has been making many improvements statewide to manage stormwater management which is great news for our lakes and ponds. Rain and snow melt flows over impervious surfaces such as roads, washing nutrients, oils, trash and sediment into tributaries and nearby water bodies.

MassDOT has developed an Impaired Waters Program which assesses and provides mitigation for water bodies near state roads.

Representatives from MassDOT recently came to a Neighborhood Watch meeting to talk about the extensive Rt. 190 project near exit 1. As part of this discussion, we learned about statewide efforts to improve and protect our waterways and improvements which will benefit Indian Lake. 

Specifically for Indian Lake, MassDOT is currently constructing 14 stormwater infiltration practices along I-190 to treat discharges to both Indian Lake and an unnamed tributary that flows from the lake. There are 5 infiltration basins treating discharges to Indian Lake and 2 infiltration basins and 7 infiltration swale treating discharges to the unnamed tributary.  MassDOT has projected these stormwater management tools will treat 45 acres of highway and remove 43 lbs of phosphorus per year from the stormwater!
Further improvements are anticipated in the future including improvements to Rt. 122A that will benefit the tributaries leading to Indian Lake. 
A full press release of MassDOT's storm water initiatives can be found here:
Citywide Summit and Monthly Neighborhood Watch
The Worcester Police will be hosting a City-Wide Crime Watch meeting on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 6pm. The meeting will take place at the Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence Street.
The Indian Lake Neighborhood Watch meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm at the training room at Harr Toyota, 100 Gold Star Boulevard. At every meeting we receive an update on the neighborhood crime statistics from the previous month from Worcester Police Officer Lisa Carlson. Officer Carlson also shares other updates with the group including trends in crime around the city as well as important tips regarding general safety, home security and how to identify illegal drugs and drug use behaviors.
This meeting is also about quality of life issues in the neighborhood such as missing street signs, graffiti, illegal dumpting, pot holes, abandoned vehicles, abandoned houses, etc. The meeting is typically attended by one of the City of Worcester Code Enforcement employees who is also available to answer questions about city ordinances.
If you are unable to attend these meetings but would like to share information with the group or ask a question you can email  or Officer Carlson directly at .
The next neighborhood meeting is Tuesday, October 17th at 6pm.

Indian Lake Winter Drawdown will begin in November
Indian Lake has been using a drawdown to manage nonnative, invasive vegetation for over 20 years. Originally recommended as part of an extensive diagnostics/feasibility study of the lake, it has become a critical tool for managing invasive vegetation while limiting the need for chemical treatments. While there is currently no way to eradicate most of these nonnative species, the drawdown has been a critical tool for managing invasive Eurasian milfoil which at one time made the lake virtually unusable. 
The annual drawdown for vegetation control will begin after November 1 and the lake will be reduced approximately 5 feet vertical.  Typically refill begins in March. There are performance standards under Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife which stipulate that all lakes in Massachusetts that incorporate a drawdown into their management plan must be refilled by April 1. This is for fish spawning as well as recreational use.
Stop the Spread of Invasive Weeds - How can you help?
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Invasive Aquatic Plants Identification workshop sponsored by Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation, the City of Worcester and Bancroft School.
Discussion included not only identification of invasive plants but also the spread. You can help by removing aquatic vegetation from your boat trailer and rinsing your trailer and boat after removing from any water body.
Important tips from MA DCR: 


Indian Lake Watershed Association, Inc.
PO Box 60244, Worcester, MA 01606