INDIAN LAKE ... Next steps.... We need YOU!
While the fairer weather earlier in the winter was so enjoyable, the deep freeze is really beneficial for Indian Lake. The drawdown ensures much of the nutrient filled sediment and weeds are exposed to the cold. So bundle up a little more and it'll be spring before we know it!
Short term.... the City of Worcester hired an engineering company to analyze the lake sediment, a crucial step before dredging can be considered. This may also provide data that will give us more short term options for reducing nutrients. The City of Worcester has also employed a company to study Ararat Brook. Known for being the most problematic inlet for nutrients entering the lake, it may pinpoint more specific sources.
Last year's alum treatment was pivotal in bringing nutrient levels down. It is the excessive nutrients combined with our warm, shallow waterway that is ideal for algae blooms. It was the expertise of two environmental companies with extensive knowledge of Indian Lake, Lycott Environmental (now Solitude Lake Management) and ESS Group, that this plan was put into place.
We are so thankful for the generous contributions that made this treatment possible which proved to be successful for keeping Indian Lake open in the summer of 2015.
The ILWA has already begun fundraising for a treatment for this summer. Along with weekly algae testing, we hope to build on last year's success while larger plans come into place. We will continue to work with Amanda Wilson, Director of Housing and Health Inspections, to move this plan forward.
Longer term... Councilor Tony Economou, City Manager Ed Augustus, State Representatives John Mahoney and Jim O'Day, Senator Harriett Chandler and Matt Beaton, Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, are working collectively to seek funds for improvements to the Ararat Brook and dredging nutrient filled sediment that has accumulated in Indian Lake for over 50 years.
Please take the time to reach out to these folks and tell them how important Indian Lake is to our community!