Indian Lake Watershed Association Update 2/1/2017
Volunteers from St. Peter Marian Junior-Senior High School
at Morgan Park
Fall Clean Up a Success

We were so very happy to have a great turnout for our fall cleanup! In addition to many lake association members, neighbors and District 1 City Councilor Tony Economou, we were fortunate to have many representatives from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and students from St. Peter Marian Junior-Senior High School join us. A special thanks to Worcester Technical High School senior Mike Sloan who serviced all the equipment before the cleanup AND built the W.J. Hoey Tire giant leaf vacuum which is an invaluable asset to leaf pickup!!! Volunteers worked at Morgan Park, Sears Island Causeway, Clason Road Beach, Frostholm Memorial, Norton Drive and Shore Park! Thank you all!!
Worcester's Blueways in Focus

The ILWA welcomes Jacquelyn Burmeister, the first environmental analyst hired to focus primarily on our lakes and ponds throughout the City of Worcester! Jacquelyn will play a pivotal role working with groups across the city to restore and protect our irreplaceable waterways. Below is a short bio on Jacquelyn.
 
Originally from Connecticut, Jacquelyn Burmeister grew up spending her summers enjoying the natural beauty of the beaches and lakes of Massachusetts. Her desire to preserve these places fueled her interest in the environmental sciences from a young age. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology at Duke University, where her research focused on soil biogeochemistry. During the summers she worked in limnology and forestry laboratories, where she became fascinated by the relationship between anthropogenic activity and ecosystem health. After graduating, she joined the Peace Corps in Honduras to work more closely with communities facing environmental management problems. She continued to collaborate on sustainable community development projects in Central and South America for several years after her service was over. Jacquelyn then returned to the Northeast, where she received her MBA and MS in Environmental Science and Policy at Clark University. While there, she collaborated with Eugene Bernat at the Living Systems Laboratory in Grafton to promote the development of nature-based solutions to industrial and nutrient-based contamination in the Blackstone River. She became interested in the rich history of Blackstone Watershed, and the opportunities to promote integrated solutions to water quality problems. Before beginning with the City of Worcester, she spent some time with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection in the Watershed Planning Program. There, she worked with watershed groups to develop water sampling plans to produce high quality, reliable data. In addition to water activities like swimming and rowing, Jacquelyn also enjoys running and learning new languages.
Indian Lake 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 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 dmohieldin@mhq.com  or Officer Carlson directly at carlsonl@worcesterma.gov .

Security at the Water Level Controls

The controls that allow the City of Worcester Department of Public Works to adjust the Indian Lake water level were tampered with yet again after the fall drawdown began. It is against the law to tamper with these controls. Additional security including cameras are being evaluated to discourage unlawful activity at this location.
Morgan Park Boat Ramp Repairs

Many, many thanks to Rob Antonelli, Assistant Commissioner, DPW & Parks/Parks, Recreation & Cemetery Division; District 1 City Councilor Tony Economou and Doug Cameron, Assistant Director/Deputy Chief Engineer Department of Fish and Game/ Fishing and Boating Access. After many years of deterioration, the Morgan Park Boat Ramp was in danger of being closed last season. These three individuals sprang into action to develop a plan.

While a full boat ramp replacement is still in the vision at some point, replacing the cement slabs will ensure that the ramp is much more functional. While it is narrower, the ramp extends further into the waterway thereby eliminating the large hole at the bottom of the ramp which has been problematic for boaters using the ramp.
Remembering Warren Page

It's with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our longtime board member, Warren Page, on December 20th, 2016. Warren worked tirelessly in our neighborhood with a special focus on Little Indian lake. As his health declined in the last couple years and he couldn't attend meetings as easily, he would still stay in touch via email or phone. Last year, he even called from the hospital to ensure something was being tended to at Little Indian! Warren was a wonderful man who cared deeply about his family, his neighborhood and his beloved lake. Warren will always be remembered fondly by those of us who had the opportunity to know him. Rest in peace Warren.
New Storm Water Management Controls to Target Nutrient Loading at Indian Lake

The cyanobacteria (blue green algae) bloom that prompted the advisory at Indian Lake in the summer of 2014 brought nutrient loading at the lake into the spotlight. This is something that has been discussed for many years and is not uncommon, especially in urban settings. Our recreational water bodies are often on the receiving end of nutrients such as phosphorus based fertilizers, sand and salt from roads and runoff from parking lots. It's important to know that the lake and its tributaries receive runoff from the entire watershed, not just the adjacent properties.
 
Many improvements have been made by the City of Worcester Department of Public Works and Parks and the ILWA to reduce the nutrients entering the lake including stenciling storm drains, installation of several underground systems to trap sediment that would otherwise enter the lake, implementing regular maintenance/cleanouts of storm drains and these underground systems, paving and installing drainage systems in dirt roads that previously sent silt and dirt into the lake, replacing impervious paved areas with pervious concrete at the Clason Road beach so that runoff could infiltrate into the ground before reaching the lake and investing in a comprehensive study to identify and prioritize areas within the watershed that should be targeted for additional nutrient reduction controls.
 
The City of Worcester has notified us of more improvements that are imminent to reduce the nutrients entering Indian Lake through storm water. Installation of additional underground structures to capture sediment and nutrients that would otherwise end up in the lake will soon move forward at Parkton Avenue, Stetson Road and Florida Avenue. In addition, two bio filtration systems will be installed at Morgan Park which will use some of the latest technology for natural nutrient reduction. Installations should be very quick and afterwards there will be little visible signs of the underground units.
 
This project is made possible with significant contributions from Saint Gobain and the City of Worcester Department of Public Works and Parks!
Clark University Service Project Benefits Indian Lake

In the fall, we were very fortunate to work with Clark University students who were looking for a project based on the important issues of environmental preservation and restoration. As part of Professor Barbara Bigelow's Art and Science of Management course, the students researched grants that would be appropriate to support our work at Indian Lake.
 
The students not only provided our board with a list of viable grant opportunities, they raised over $200 for the ILWA selling donuts and apple cider at a table where they also handed out information on Indian Lake and our efforts!
 
We are very thankful for the fabulous efforts the students made to help the ILWA and the support of Professor Bigelow! 
Annual Meeting - HOLD THE DATE!

We will have our annual meeting on the evening of Thursday, March 9th at the Bancroft School Field House at 100 Shore Drive in Worcester. Time and agenda will be forthcoming.

Website: www.ilwa.org

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

  
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