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Welcome to the Lake Shirley Improvement Corporation website. This website is for members and non-members alike who have a vested interest in the well being of our beloved Lake Shirley.

 

On this website you’ll find up-to-date information on monthly Board of Directors meetings, Lake news, upcoming events, links to important information, and how your membership benefits us all.

 

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UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS

 

LSIC BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S MEETINGS

7 pm - 1st Wednesday of each month at the Bootlegger Restaurant at 50 Massachusetts Ave in Lunenburg. This is a new location. Be sure to come for dinner first!

 

 

LATEST LAKE NEWS

 

IMPORTANT: UPDATE ON LAKE SHIRLEY ALGAE BLOOM

UPDATE: September 15, 2014

 

August 28 Water Sampling Locations (PDF)

Lake Shirley Watershed (jpeg)

 

On August 28, we collected 6 samples from the lake and inflowing streams and had them analyzed for dissolved and total phosphorus.  The only sample that was high was collected at the small stream identified as #2 in the above PDF.  The flow in the inflowing streams was low as we didn’t have much rain before we sampled so these represent a low flow condition.

 

We plan to propose a sampling plan for next year to capture flow from incoming streams during higher flow conditions starting in the Spring.  We plan to do this several times as the weather warms through the summer months to try to identify any hotspots for nutrient input.  Also attached is a map of the watershed of the lake.  As you can see our watershed is quite large so the potential sources of nutrients are many. Catacoonamug Brook and its watershed provides the most input with Easter Brook, the secondary source.

 

 

IMPORTANT: UPDATE ON LAKE SHIRLEY ALGAE BLOOM

UPDATE: September 12, 2014

 

MORE NEWS ON LAKE SHIRLEY ALGAE BLOOM

IMPORTANT LINKS ON LAKE SHIRLEY WATER QUALITY

 

Hi Everyone,

 

This week’s update from the MDPH, the cold weather is helping:

 

A water sample was collected from Lake Shirley on Wednesday September 10th. The result was 79,000 cells/ml, exceeding the MDPH guideline of 70,000 cells/ml. Microcystin toxin was not detected.

 

MDPH recommends that the current advisory remain in place. Have a nice weekend.

 

 Advisory - MPDH & BOH recommends the following precautions be taken:

 

  • Humans, pets and livestock:  DO NOT DRINK LAKE WATER
  • Water contact should be prohibited. Avoid swimming, wading or other activities with full body contact of lake water
  • Water activities like boating and kayaking may be safe; however, direct contact with water (i.e., wading, swimming) is strongly discouraged for people & pets
  • Do not allow pets to eat dried algae
  • If lake water contacts skin or pet fur, wash with clean potable water as soon as possible
  • Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation

 

You can still use the lake for recreational use: boating, kayaking, etc.  Just NO swimming and do not let pets in water.  If you come in contact with the water make sure you rinse off with clean water.

Talk to you next week.

 

 Joanna Bilotta-Simeone

LSIC President

 

SPRING 2014 NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE

The Spring 2014 LSIC Newsletter is now available in PDF format. You can download it here.

 

MEMBER TESTIMONIALS

There are many great reasons to join us in the Lake Shirley Improvement Corp. Read a few testimonials from current members. Testimonials

 

CHECK OUT RECENT AERIAL PHOTOS OF THE LAKE

Lake resident Charley Valera, owner of FCA Flight Center in Fitchburg, recently took some nice aerial photos of the lake. Aerial Photos

 

YOU CAN NOW PAY FOR YOUR MEMBERSHIP ONLINE

A major part of our new website is the ability for members and residents to be able to pay for their membership dues online via PayPal. Visit our membership page to pay your dues.

 

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The best way to keep up with Lake Shirley and LSIC news is to subscribe to our mailing/email list. We'll send you periodic email news updates that'll keep you up to date with what's happening on the lake.