October 2018 Newsletter
Lake and Pond News this Fall
Our fall newsletter features legislative updates, upcoming events from NALMS and MACC, and more!
Letter from the President
To the members of MA COLAP:
The weather has turned and fall has arrived. This means that summer boating season has ended and ice fishing season is just around the corner! Remember that cold weather lake activities require extra precautions against the temperature. Life preservers are required by Massachusetts law for the use of jet skis, canoes, and kayaks from September 15 th to May 15 th. Life preservers are always required for youth less than 12 years old.

The MA COLAP board has been staying busy by working to enact the new bylaws passed at the 2018 annual conference. The board is also working to plan next year’s conference and update the MA COLAP website. If you have any suggestions, please email them to info@macolap.org.

Thank you,
Melissa Lenker
President, MA COLAP
Legislative Update
Division of Watershed Planning and Permitting
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is creating a new Division of Watershed Planning and Permitting. The division will work with the watershed planning program, water management act program, and wastewater program.

Environmental Bond Bill
This July, the Massachusetts Senate passed a $2 billion environmental bond bill to increase climate resiliency and adaptation. The bill also invests in recreation, parks, and natural resource protection.
Nominations for New Board Members
Apply to join our board! We are seeking energetic, passionate people to aid in our mission of protecting and preserving MA lakes.

We are currently looking to fill the position of Secretary. There are four board meetings a year and one annual workshop. Time commitment is expected to be between 10-40 hours annually. If you are interested, please send your resume and a letter detailing why you would like to become a board member to info@macolap.org.
News & Events
Massachusetts Lakes & Ponds in the News
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Nesting swans at Peeper's Pond in Lexington, MA
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