Indian Lake Watershed Association Update 5/25/2017
Spring Cleanup a Great Success!

Thank you to everyone who came out to help with our spring cleanup! Volunteers worked at Morgan Park, Hapgood Brooks Memorial, Clason Road Beach, Norton Drive, Frostholm Memorial and West Boylston Drive! Thank you to everyone who came to support this wonderful effort including St. John's High School, St. Peter Marian High School, Greendale YMCA, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and many more!!! Thank you very much for helping keep our neighborhood beautiful!


Indian Lake Monthly Neighborhood Watch 6/20/2017 at 6PM
 
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.  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 Diane Schwartz at dmohieldin@mhq.com  or Officer Carlson at carlsonl@worcesterma.gov .

Shore Park Construction Underway!
 
EXCITEMENT HEATS UP IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
 
Long awaited improvements to Shore Park are underway creating quite a buzz in the neighborhood! The building will be replaced by a new bathhouse thanks to phenomenal partnership between the YMCA of Central Massachusetts, Hanover Insurance and the City of Worcester! With construction expected to be completed by the end of June, visitors will enjoy new restrooms and changing areas for this summer season at this beautiful park!
 
SHORE PARK STORMWATER IMPROVEMENTS
  
The improvements to Shore Park also include improvements to to the handling of stormwater. The largest improvement will be the removal of the old bath house and the relocation of its improved replacement. Moving the building away from the beach will eliminate the erosion problem and deep gullies that plagued the beach from roof runoff. 
  
In addition the new driveway connector from the Greendale Y will collect stormwater in an infiltration basin. This will prevent untreated water, silt and sand from entering the lake.
  
Combined, both improvements will reduce the amount of sand and silt entering Indian Lake.
Party at Shore & More!

Wednesday, July 19th from 4-8pm
 
Join us on Wednesday, July 19 from 4 PM - 8 PM for a neighborhood event to celebrate the new era of Shore Park! Hosted by the Greendale Family Branch YMCA, event planners include Hanover Insurance, Saint Gobain, Bancroft School, the City of Worcester and the Indian Lake Watershed Association.

In preparing for this wonderful event, a historical account of the park is being prepared. If you have old photos, please send them to Christina Puleo at cpuleo@ymcaofcm.org.



Summer Plans Take Shape for Lake Management
 
The City of Worcester is monitoring numerous water parameters at Indian Lake as well as Bell Pond, Lake Quinsigamond and Coes Reservoir. Water samples are being collected from the major tributary, outlet and at least one deep hole spot in each lake. The city will test the water for total phosphorus, total dissolved phosphorus, ammonia, nitrate, TSS, DO, pH, chlorophyll, phycocyanin and temperature.
 
Philip measuring the water clarity with the secchi disk.
ESS Group has started seasonal monitoring of Indian Lake for cyanobacteria (blue green algae) density and identification. This will also
City of Worcester's Lakes & Ponds Environmental Analyst Jacquelyn Burmeister taking water samples with Delaney.
happen about every two weeks, or as needed, and will be collected at Clason Beach.
 
A citizen science initiative for monitoring and identifying cyanobacteria at a local scale, and contributing to a national effort to track and predict blooms is being organized. Volunteers will collect water samples one to two Saturdays per month and deliver them to Regatta Point, where they will be processed and the data will be uploaded to a publicly available database. In addition to Indian Lake, Coes Reservoir, Patch Reservoir and Lake Quinsigamond are participating in this initiative.

Homeowner Solutions: Improving Water Quality in Your Own Backyard

You are invited to a free, interactive workshop on Wednesday, June 7th from 5:30-7:30pm at the Knights of Columbus, 44 Circuit Ave North in Worcester. Learn how you can improve water quality in our lakes and streams in your own backyard!
 
Reserve your spot by emailing burmeisterj@worcesterma.gov
 
Little Indian Summer Management

Solitude Lake Management has been chosen to provide lake management for Little Indian again this season. This small but beautiful lake, filled with picturesque wildlife, is owned by the City of Worcester and abutting residents. Letters to abutters are going out this week with details.
 
Indian Lake Fishtales...

We're receiving many reports of great fishing at Indian Lake this year! Northern pike and large mouth bass are looking strong and healthy! This is a fabulous sign!
 
A group has been created under the Indian Lake Watershed Association's Facebook Page called 'Indian Lake Fishtales' for fishing enthusiasts to share their positive experiences fishing at Indian Lake!
Controlling the Water Level at Indian Lake

Indian Lake Dam was constructed around 1920 and is located on the northeast shore of Indian Lake. The dam impounds water for recreational and flood control purposes. MassDOT is the current owner of the dam but operation and maintenance is performed by the City of Worcester's Department of Public Works & Parks (DPW&P). Operating procedures were developed between a combined effort of the Worcester Conservation Commission, the Indian Lake Watershed Association and the Worcester DPW&P. The gates at the dam are operated to raise or lower the lake water level. Operations are performed as required to discharge flows in response to increased inflow as well as for non native invasive vegetation maintenance of the Lake. The annual drawdown for vegetation control typically begins in October and ends 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.
 
Drawdown for flood control is less frequent and depends on multiple variables. The technique required to lower the water for this purpose is such that significant notice and an extremely high probability of weather accuracy is needed. Adjusting the controls mid storm is not possible as it could create a potentially dangerous situation for staff as well as downstream. Therefore, a purposeful adjustment to the water level outside of the winter drawdown is only done on a very rare occasion.
Membership Renewals

Membership renewals have gone out. If you have not received yours, quite possibly you were not on the most recent membership list. Please consider sending in your dues with the application at the link below. Coming soon... we will be adding an online donation portal to our website! Thank you as always for your support!
 
 

Website: www.ilwa.org

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

  
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