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: