Indian Lake Watershed Association Update 8/30/2017
Indian Lake Closed on Thursday, August 31st


Indian Lake will be closed for Thursday, August 31st for a copper sulfate treatment. All persons are advised to stay out of the water, discontinue boat use and keep pets out of the water on this day. The lake will be open on Friday, September 1st.

 

Copper sulfate is a safe and effective way to control the growth of harmful algae. It is commonly used in lakes and ponds.

 

The City of Worcester, in cooperation with the Indian Lake Watershed Association, regularly monitors algae at Indian Lake with particular attention to cyanobacteria which can produce harmful toxins.

 

This treatment is being applied by SOLitude Lake Management under an Order of Conditions approved by the Worcester Conservation Commission.

DCR Weed Watcher Workshop Tuesday, September 5th
 
The Department of Conservation and Recreation will hold an Invasive Aquatic Plants Identification workshop on Tuesday, September 5th at 6:00pm at the Bancroft School Field House, 100 Shore Drive in Worcester. This is a free, hands-on workshop in which participants will be taught to identify invasive aquatic plants that threaten our waterways. Samples will be available to help identify plant characteristics. Participants are also encouraged to bring samples of aquatic plants for identification (please do not bring terrestrial plants). Light refreshments will be served.
 
This event is hosted by The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, The Bancroft School, and the City of Worcester.
 
This event is open to the public. Please register by emailing burmeisterj@worcesterma.gov .


Worcester Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative Seeks Person to Collect and Analyze Indian Lake Water Samples
 
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.
 
While prior experience is not necessary, interest in water quality is a benefit. The program takes place the last Saturday of each month with the next sample date being Saturday, September 30th. If interested, please contact Jacquelyn Burmeister at burmeisterj@worcesterma.gov or Beth Proko at indianlakeboard@gmail.com by September 15th so that a short training can be coordinated on using the plankton net.

Lake/Boat Ramp Law Enforcement

Numerous concerns have been raised about the Morgan Park boat ramp this summer. We have been speaking regularly with the Worcester Police Department about the issues. We have also reached out to the Massachusetts Environmental Police. Both have been making notable efforts to monitor and address the issues.

While we have seen an increase in visitors at Morgan Park and Clason Road Beach and realize this is likely in part due to Shore Park being closed, there really is no room for behavior that jeopardizes the safety of other visitors or lake residents.

If you see illegal activity, don't hesitate to call the Worcester Police Department. Emergencies only is 911. Non-emergency issues 508-799-8600.

Concerns about activity on the water and/or at the boat ramp, call the Massachusetts Environmental Police Statewide Dispatch  24 hours/day 7 days a week 1 (800) 632-8075 Or 1 (617) 626-1665.
September Indian Lake Monthly Neighborhood Watch 9/19/2017 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. 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 .


Website: www.ilwa.org

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

  
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