Indian Lake Watershed Association Update 11/1/2017
Some of our awesome volunteers!
REMINDER: 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 indianlakeboard@gmail.com
 
Worcester Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative Most Recent Report
 
The Worcester Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative (WCMC) is a citizen science 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.

Below is the September report. All of the past data will soon be available on the City of Worcester website under the DPW&P, Water/Sewer Operations, Lakes and Ponds Program: http://www.worcesterma.gov/dpw/water-sewer-operations/lakes-and-ponds.  

Monthly Neighborhood Watch
 
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 vehicle s, 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 dmohieldin@mhq.com  or Officer Carlson directly at carlsonl@worcesterma.gov .
 
The next neighborhood meeting is Tuesday, November 21st 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.

Website: www.ilwa.org

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

  
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