LATEST NEWS

Below is the latest news about Lake Shirley.

 

COULD THERE BE ANYTHING SCARIER???

2017-06-18 - VIEW PDF - The LSIC invites brave moviegoers to see “Jaws,” Steven Spielberg’s classic tale of summertime terror, on a GIANT outdoor screen. The frights begin Friday, June 30th, at 8:45 pm on the Third Lake!

 

Come experience Lake Shirley’s first annual Summer Movie Night! All are invited to come by boat for a family-friendly outdoor screening of “Jaws” on Friday, June 30th, on the Third Lake (special thanks to the Pirro family). The movie starts at dusk. Pack your boat with your favorite movie treats. This fun community event is a terrific opportunity to kick off your 4th of July weekend, say “hi” to your neighbors, and enjoy a classic blockbuster.

 

Movie Night on the Lake is sponsored by the LSIC. For this first-time event, we would simply like to break even. Donations per boat will be accepted the night of the event and are greatly appreciated. To learn more about this event, contact Joanna Bilotta at (978) 582-9090.

 

NOTIFICATION OF AQUATIC TREATMENT ON LAKE SHIRLEY

2017-05-24 -Areas of Lake Shirley will be chemically treated to control invasive and nuisance aquatic vegetation on Thursday, June 1st.   The entire lake will be closed to all water uses (including swimming, boating and fishing) on the day of treatment only.  Furthermore, water from the lake cannot be used for livestock watering for one day following treatment or until June 3rd, drinking/cooking for three days or until June 5th and irrigation for 5 days or until June 7th.

 

The work is being performed for the Lake Shirley Improvement Corporation, pursuant to a permit (license) issued by MA DEP, Office of Watershed Management and the Lunenburg and Shirley Conservation Commissions. The treatment is being performed under contract with SOLitude Lake Management of Shrewsbury, MA - (508) 865-1000. For more information: PDF

 

GRAPHIC: ICE THICKNESS GUIDELINES

2016-12-17 - To promote safety on our lake, here's a link to a simple graphic that displays safe minimum ice thickness guidelines.  Ice Thickness Guidelines

 

LSIC CONTINUES WORK WITH LUNENBURG CONSERVATION COMMISSION ON ORDER OF CONDITIONS

 

May 31, 2016 - The LSIC has been hard at work with the new members of the Lunenburg Conservation Commission. The LSIC has attended nine conservation meetings working on the Order of Conditions to be able to continue our aquatic weed control program on Lake Shirley. The process has changed dramatically for the LSIC; there are many steps involved and additional cost increases on behalf of the LSIC. The most recent Order of Conditions are available here.

 

For those residents who have private wells that are impacted by the annual drawdown each October season, you NEED to attend the Lunenburg conservation meeting on Wednesday June 1, 2016, at 7:00 pm. at the TC Passios School at 1025 Massachusetts Ave. Lunenburg, MA 01462

 

Link to Conservation Commission agenda:

 

http://www.lunenburgma.gov/filestorage/79/663/1303/11578/ConCom_agenda_06.01.16_REVISED.pdf

 

Please read the email below by the chair of the Conservation Commission to the LSIC. They are requesting the LSIC develop a specific plan on how we are going to work to achieve a nine-foot drawdown. The LSIC keeps advising the Commission that when we reach an average drawdown of six feet, residents start to have problems with their wells.

 

If this is a concern for any of you on Lake Shirley, Please attend the meeting on Wednesday, June 1. The same eight residents cannot keep fighting for a group of 240 residents. The LSIC NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT at the meetings.

 

Best,

Joanna Bilotta-Simeone

President - LSIC

 

The Commission met Wednesday night and reviewed the LMP presented.  After review and discussion these are a few areas we felt needed to have some better detail moving forward.

 

1.  The Wagner algae recommendations, please add the recommendations to the management plan with any data already collected and the timeline for gathering the data recommended.  In order to continue the management plan development there needs to be comprehensive data gathered as described in the Wagner plan for the basin area, in-flows and out-flows.

 

2.  LSIC needs to list goals for research and implementation of a periodic deep (9ft) drawdown.  The most effective non-chemical weed management is drawdown.  Currently LSIC performs the same level drawdown annually.  This practice is discouraged as it promotes greater weed density, a more varied and deeper drawdown level is recommended.  LSIC needs to research the hurdles that currently prohibit the deeper level drawdowns as recommended.  As discussed earlier there will be some costs involved, but these costs can be overcome by savings in treatment costs as deeper drawdowns will provide better weed control and less reliance on chemical treatments.

 

The commission would like to get these two items addressed prior to any treatments for 2016.

 

There are other areas the the commission would like added, some will need more data from the recommended testing and some can be done without it.  The list will follow shortly or be presented Wednesday night and should be addressed by the year end annual report.

 

As to the 2016 weed treatment, upon review of the annual weed report, the commission is concerned with the loss of diversity, as half of the native species of plants have been removed from the ecosystem.  The plan for treatment should be reviewed and a reduction of the 2015 total area be investigated using the data collected from the 2015 year end report and the 2016 pre treatment survey to determine areas that are currently under control and can be excluded this year.  While weed control is a stated goal at this point there has been no Eurasian Milfoil noted in the 2015 survey and there are locations where plant growth has been eradicated completely or is at a level of less than 25% coverage.

 

Richard Bursch, Chairman

Lunenburg Conservation Commission

 

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IT'S FALL AGAIN!!!!

 

Nov. 24, 2015 - It's that time of year again when we lower our lake to help control our weed growth and also to give us the opportunity to clean up. I spent last Saturday raking up our beach area.  We have about 100 feet of lake front and because I do this every fall, it's really a nice swimming area for us.

 

So, before the snow flies, NOW IS THE TIME to get your beach areas raked.  All the leaves, pine needles/cones that settle on the bottom turn into muck if left there. They also make a perfect growing condition for weeds.  If you have lots of weeds in front of your house, this could be why.  If you rake up all that debris, it will dry out and hopefully the frost will kill what would grow there.

If you could clean up areas of tree branches, debris, leaves, etc. it will help keep our lake beautiful.  Thank you.

 

Also, NO ONE SHOULD BE RAKING LEAVES OR BLOWING LEAVES OR ANY MATERIALS INTO THE LAKE FOR THE ABOVE STATED REASONS.  LET'S ALL TRY OUR BEST TO MAKE OUR LAKE A NICER PLACE.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO  ALL!!!!!

 

Jackie Ramondelli, Vegetation Management Committee, co-chair

 

 

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NOTIFICATION OF AQUATIC TREATMENT ON LAKE SHIRLEY

 

July 22, 2015 - NOTIFICATION TO ABUTTERS UNDER THE MASSACHUSETTS WETLANDS PROTETION ACT AND THE TOWN OF LUNENBURG WETLANDS PROTECTION BY LAW AND REGULATIONS

 

In accordance with the second paragraph of the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 131, Section 40, you are hereby notified of the following:

 

The name of the applicant is: Lake Shirley Improvement Corporation

 

The applicant has filed a _NOTICE OF INTENT_with the Conservation Commission for the municipality of Lunenburg seeking permission to:  continue an integrated Aquatic Management Program at Lake Shirley to monitror, assess and implement measures for control of nusiance aquatic vegetation and algae, specifically with the use winter drawdown and USEPA/State registered aquatic herbicides/algaecides.

 

The address of the lot where the proposed activity is proposed is: Lake Shirley

 

Copies of the Notice of Intent may be examined at the Lunenburg Conservation Commission on Monday thru Thursday, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  For more information call: 978-582-4146 x431.

 

Notice of the public hearing, including the date, time and place, will be posted at the Town Hall not less than 48 hours in advance and published in the Lunenburg Ledger at least 5 business days in advance.

 

PUBLIC HEARING ~ WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2015,  7:30 PM @ THE RITTER BUILDING

 

You may also contact your local Conservation Commission or the nearest Department of Environmental Protection Regional Office for more information about this application to the Wetlands Protection Act.

 

To contact the DEP - Central Region call: 508-792-7650

 

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July 9, 2015 - Areas of Lake Shirley will be chemically treated to control invasive and nuisance aquatic vegetation on Thursday, July 16th.   The entire lake will be closed to all water uses (including swimming, boating and fishing) on the day of treatment only.  Furthermore, water from the lake cannot be used for irrigation, watering livestock, or drinking purposes for 5 days from the date of treatment.

 

The work is being performed for the Lake Shirley Improvement Corporation, pursuant to a permit (284-388) issued by MA DEP, Office of Watershed Management and the Lunenburg and Shirley Conservation Commissions. The treatment is being performed under contract with Aquatic Control Technology of Sutton, MA - (508) 865-1000

 

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REPORT ON MOST RECENT AQUATIC PLANT SURVEY/INSPECTION IS NOW AVAILABLE

July 9, 2015 - This memo summarizes the findings of Aquatic Plant Surveys/Inspections of Lake Shirley performed by Gerry Smith on June 20th and July 2nd. Jay Simoneau, from the Lake Association, once again accompanied me during the inspections as he has done in recent years. PDF

 

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HOW CAN YOU PREVENT TICK BITES, LYME and OTHER TICK-BORNE DISEASES IN BOTH YOU AND YOUR PETS?

 

May 28, 2015 - This is your invitation to join us to learn the latest information from a panel of experts from the fields of public health, wildlife biology, academic research, and veterinary medicine at this free "Tick Talk" on Tuesday, June 2, 7:00 p.m. at the Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Massachusetts Avenue in Lunenburg, MA. Our panelists will be Dr. Catherine Brown, MA Dept. of Public Health; Dr. Stephen Rich, UMass Amherst Dept. of Microbiology; and Dr. Kathy Trenholm, DVM, Ayer Animal Medical Center. Their presentations will cover the life cycle of local ticks, local tick-borne diseases, disease transmission and symptoms in humans and pets, symptoms in humans and pets, best practices to avoid tick bites, as well as efforts to control tick populations. There will also be a time for audience questions to the panel-- a rare opportunity to ask experts questions specific to our region.

 

Dr. Catherine Brown is the State Public Health Veterinarian at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, a position she has held since 2006. Following 8 years of clinical practice in wildlife medicine, she was awarded a Fellowship sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention. In her current position she oversees surveillance and educational outreach on all zoonotic and vector-borne diseases. Dr. Brown was a member of the state Commission that wrote: "Lyme Disease in Massachusetts: A Report Issued by the Special Commission to Conduct an Investigation and Study of the Incidence and Impacts of Lyme Disease" (February 28, 2013). Dr. Stephen Rich, is a professor in the Department of Microbiology at UMass Amherst. His field of research is zoonotic diseases, which are those that originate and/or maintained in natural animal populations, but which occasionally spill over into human populations. He has had a focused study on Lyme disease, as well as on other emerging tick-borne diseases such as Anaplasma, Babesia, and Bartonella. Dr. Kathy Trenholm, DVM, is the owner of the Ayer Animal Medical Center where she has been a small animal practitioner for 27 years. She received her DVM from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and her Masters Degree in Pathobiology from the University of Connecticut.

 

Can't make it on the 2nd? There will be two additional "Tick Talk" panel presentations, attend the program that fits your schedule:

 

  • Tuesday, June 9, 7:00 p.m. at the Pepperell Public Library with Dr. Katie Brown, MA Dept. of Public Health, state veterinarian; Dr. Barbara Roth-Schecter, Dover Board of Health & Lyme Disease Committee; Dr. Brad Smith, DVM, Pepperell Veterinary Hospital. See program details.

 

  • Tuesday, June 23, 7:00 p.m. at the Harvard Public Library with Dr. Barbara Roth-Schecter, Dover Board of Health & Lyme Disease Committee; David Stainbrook, Mass Wildlife Deer Project Leader; Dr. Michelle Bianco, DVM, Mid-State Mobile Veterinary Clinic. See program details.

 

The NRWA's "Tick Talks" are free and open to the public, made possible by a grant from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts and the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

 

Pre-registration is encouraged for planning purposes. To pre-register, call the NRWA at (978) 448-0299 or email AlF@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. Please specify the date and location of the presentation you wish to attend.

 

We want to encourage everyone (and their pets) to get outdoors safely and connect with their local landscapes for their own well-being and that of the environment.

 

 

 

MASS CONGRESS OF LAKE & POND ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE APRIL 4

The Mass Congress of Lake & Pond Association is having a conference on Saturday April 4, 2015. It seems like a great agenda and I know of folks who highly recommend going. Please let me know if anyone can go.  Very informative. Click here for more information.

 

 

 

2015 LSIC ANNUAL MEETING DATE SET

This year's LSIC Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church Hall (33 Chapel Street, Shirley, MA 01464).

 

 

 

 

HAPPY FALL TO MY FELLOW LAKE SHIRLEY RESIDENTS!

 

October 27, 2014 - It's that time of year again when we lower our lake to help control our weed growth and also to give us the opportunity to clean up.


NOW is the perfect time, before the snow, to get your beach areas raked.  All the leaves, pine needles/cones that settle on the bottom turn into muck if left there. They then make a perfect growing condition for weeds.


If you could clean up areas of tree branches, debris, leaves, etc. it will help keep our lake beautiful.


Also, NO ONE SHOULD BE RAKING LEAVES OR BLOWING LEAVES OR ANY MATERIALS INTO THE LAKE FOR THE ABOVE STATED REASONS.  LET'S ALL TRY OUR BEST TO MAKE OUR LAKE A NICER PLACE.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO  ALL!!!!!

 

Jackie Ramondelli, Vegetation Management Committee, co-chair

 

 

 

FALL 2014 YARD WASTE DAYS - GUIDELINES FOR DISPOSAL OF YARD WASTE FOR LUNENBURG RESIDENTS

 

October 27, 2014 - The Lunenburg Landfill, off of Youngs Road, will be open for consecutive Saturdays October 11th - November 22nd - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Acceptable material: grass clippings, bark mulch, wood chips, leaves, brush, (with a diameter not to exceed 3 inches … unlimited length). Shrubbery and plantings; with the same restrictions. Any container; bags, boxes, barrels, trashcans, tarps, flower pots, etc., must be removed and taken by the resident. No household garbage, trash, or rubbish of any kind will be accepted. No materials within the Landfill area; sand, stone, gravel, etc. are to be given away or sold. Access will be restricted to the disposal area. Commercial landscapers will not be allowed to dump.

 

OPEN TO LUNENBURG RESIDENTS ONLY. TRAVEL PERMITTED ONLY ON TOWN EASEMENT. NO TRESPASSING ON TRI-TOWN LANDING DEVELOPMENT.

 

 

 

IMPORTANT: UPDATE ON LAKE SHIRLEY ALGAE BLOOM

UPDATE: October 16, 2014

 

Good News. The Lake Shirley water advisory has ended.  I want to thank you all for your kind words, support, understanding and continued efforts of the Lake Shirley Board of Directors.

 

From Michael Celona, Mass. Dept. of Public Health:

 

A water sample was collected from Lake Shirley on Tuesday, October 14th. Laboratory analysis showed 44,000 cells/ml, below the MDPH guideline of 70,000 cells/ml. Microcystin was detected at 3 parts per billion, less than the MDPH guideline of 14 parts per billion.

 

According to MDPH guidelines, two samples collected a week apart with levels below the guideline levels are required before the advisory can be lifted. The result above is the second low sample, so the advisory can be rescinded.

 

 

 

LSIC INVITED TO A STORM WATER SEMINAR

October 15, 2014 - Exciting News! As a member of the Hickory Hills Landowners and as a member of HHLI Lake Management Group, I received an email from Paula Bertram, the LMG chairperson, inviting us to a Storm Water seminar being put together by Phyllis Luck on Nov 19th, 7-9 PM at the Lunenburg Library.  I am thrilled to have received the invitation from Ms. Bertram, so I could invite the Lake Shirley residents to participate in the free workshop.

 

This seminar will provide great learning regarding storm water run off and how it impacts Lakes in our community, which can also cause Blue/Green Algae. Some factors that can contribute to Blue Green Algae blooms include sunlight; low-water or low-flow conditions; calm water; warmer temperatures; and excess nutrients (phosphorus or nitrogen). The primary sources of nutrient pollution are runoff of fertilizers, animal manure, and storm water runoff.  Please do all you can to attend the seminar. You need to pre-register so they have a headcount and enough materials for everyone who is attending.

 

Pre-Registrations - Please email mwc@commonwaters.org or call (978) 534-0379 to register.

 

FYI: The Lunenburg Conservation Commission is looking for members, so any resident that would be interested in joining the Conservation Commission would be outstanding.  Your input on conservation would greatly impact the process of storm water run off in our lakes.

 

Thank You,

Joanna Bilotta-Simeone

 

 

IMPORTANT: UPDATE ON LAKE SHIRLEY ALGAE BLOOM

UPDATE: October 11, 2014

 

Hi Everyone,

 

Have a great Columbus Weekend.  The Dam will be open on Wednesday October 15th.

 

Here are the current water sample numbers.

 

A water sample was collected from Lake Shirley on Tuesday, October 7th. Laboratory analysis showed 19,000 cells/ml, below the MDPH guideline of 70,000 cells/ml. Microcystin was not detected.  According to MDPH guidelines, samples collected a week apart with levels below the guidelines are required before the advisory should be lifted. The result above will be considered the first low sample, and MDPH will sample at the water body again next Wednesday, Oct. 15. We recommend that the current advisory remain in place for now. Please let us know if you have any questions.

 

Thank you

Michael  Celona - Department of Public Health

 

 

 

IMPORTANT: UPDATE ON LAKE SHIRLEY ALGAE BLOOM

UPDATE: September 23, 2014

 

Hi Everyone,

 

Last week's blue/green algae and Toxin numbers are as follows. I will keep sending you these numbers so you have them for your information. At this point and time in the season, I am going to take a leap and speak for the LSIC Board and state that we will not be chemically treating the Algae this season.

 

Also a reminder the Dam will be opening on October 15, 2014.

 

 Joanna Bilotta-Simeone

 

LSIC President

 

"Good morning, A water sample was collected from 50 Sunset Lane on Lake Shirley Wednesday, September 17th. The result was 93,000 cells/ml, exceeding the MDPH guideline of 70,000 cells/ml. Microcystin was not detected. MDPH recommends that the current advisory remain in place. We will sample again next Wednesday. - Thanks, Michael"

 

 

 

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

 

Hi Everyone,

 

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

 

Good morning,

 

Michael is at a conference so I’m covering for him. 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

 

 

IMPORTANT: UPDATE ON LAKE SHIRLEY ALGAE BLOOM

UPDATE: September 6, 2014

 

Dear Lake Shirley,

 

To keep you all updated with this week’s water samples taken on Lake Shirley by the MDPH.

 

“A water sample was taken on Lake Shirley in Lunenburg on Wednesday, September 3rd. Laboratory analysis showed cyanobacteria levels of 410,000 cells/ml, above the MDPH guideline level of 70,000 cells/ml. Microcystin toxin was not detected.

 

 We recommend that the current advisory remain in place. We will collect another sample next week. Thank you.”

 

 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. I will let you know next week’s numbers as soon as we get them.

 

Thanks,

Joanna Bilotta-Simeone

LSIC President

 

 

IMPORTANT: UPDATE ON LAKE SHIRLEY ALGAE BLOOM

UPDATE: August 28, 2014

 

Dear Neighbors,

 

Thanks for keeping the faith.  Test results are back and they have gone up.  ACT came out Tuesday morning and took water samples results as follows:

 

Ø  ACT - Blue-Green Algae Counts:  North Basin:  Blue-green cell count was 190,000 cells/ml & the South Basin:  Blue-green cell count was 96,000 cells/ml.   Reminder:  MDPH requires that the counts need to be 70,000 Cells/mi or below to be able to chemical treat ALGAE.  So the advisory is still in effect and pushes it out for another week, they need two weeks in a row with the counts below.

Ø  MDPH  - The State came out to “Lake Shirley in Lunenburg on Tuesday, August 26th. Laboratory analysis showed cyanobacteria levels of 250,000 cells/ml, above the MDPH guideline level of 70,000 cells/ml. Microcystin toxin was not detected.We recommend that the current advisory remain in place. Thank you.”

 

MDPH, the Nashoba BOH, and chair of the BOH for Lunenburg have issued an advisory for Lake Shirley in its entirety.

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. The LSIC with ACT and the MPDH will be testing the water again next for the blue green algae counts and toxin testing.  As soon as I have those results I will let you know the outcome.

 

Have a great Labor Day weekend, I will send an update next week when I have the new current numbers.  Thank you all for your notes of support, it means a great deal to the board.

 

Joanna Bilotta-Simeone

LSIC President

 

 

IMPORTANT: UPDATE ON LAKE SHIRLEY ALGAE BLOOM

UPDATE: August 26, 2014

 

Dear Lake Shirley Residents,

 

I have been informed that once an advisory is issued the MA-DPH will not lift the advisory or let us treat Lake Shirley until they have two weeks of blue-green algae counts below the threshold of 70,000 cells/ml.  So to be clear there is currently at least a two week advisory on Lake Shirley which would be until September 5th 2014.

 

Aquatic Control Technologies has taken water samples and we hope to hear from them on Wednesday on the blue/green algae count numbers. They did do a water clarity reading and it is down to North Basin (1st lake) 2 feet, South basin (3rd lake) 4 Feet 11” so looking at those numbers it does not look as those the state will get good numbers today. The MA-DPH is having a consultant coming to lake Shirley today to take water samples as well, the state is running the Toxin tests. As soon as I get any results I will share them with you. If I have any new information on the tests being run I will give them to you.  As always thank you for your patients and support.

 

Reminder Lake Shirley Advisory:

Growth of these naturally occurring algae is aided by certain environmental conditions, such as warm weather, sunlight and excess nutrients in the water. Excess levels of nutrients in water bodies can come from human related sources. Phosphorous and nitrogen - found in lawn fertilizers, storm water runoff, wild waste, and agricultural activities – are two key nutrients that aid blue-green algae growth.”

 

  •     Do not swim in the lake
  •     Do not allow pets in water or drink water
  •     Rinse skin off immediately after contact

 

Thank you

Joanna Bilotta-Simeone

LSIC President

 

 

 

IMPORTANT: UPDATE ON LAKE SHIRLEY ALGAE BLOOM

August 22, 2014

 

Dear Lake Shirley Residents:

 

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND WARNINGS ABOUT ALGAE BLOOMS

 

Today has been a very busy day.  I would like to thank the MA-DPH, the Nashoba District Sanitarian: Jim Garreffi, Chairman of the BOH George Emond, and Administrative Assistant: Andrea Schnepf.  Lunenburg town offices are closed on Friday and they spent their day running for Lake Shirley, thank you for your hard work and support.

 

 The outcome of the day was that the MA-DPH, the Nashoba BOH, and chair of the BOH for Lunenburg have issued an advisory for Lake Shirley in its entirety.

 

When an advisory is issued, MA-DPH & 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.  The BOH tested Shady Points public beach area this afternoon and has closed the beach because of the water clarity levels, the picnicking area is under the same advisory as the rest of the lake.

The LSIC will be testing the water again on Monday August 25th   for the blue green algae counts, when we have those results from ACT,  I will be in contact with the MA-DPH, BOH and you.  The MA DPH will also be doing toxin testing on the lake next week they did not have a specific day as of yet, as soon as I have those results I will let you know the outcome.

 

Here is the Advisory from the Chairman of the Lunenburg BOH:

 

 Hello Joanna,

 

Based on the information received from the LSIC relative to Blue-Green algae counts that exceed the Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines for Cyanobacteria in recreational waters, the Lunenburg Board of Health is issuing a Health Advisory for Lake Shirley in its entirety.

 

 Massachusetts DPH recommends that people and pets should:

 

 Avoid contact in areas of algae concentration, even on shore.

 

 Do not swallow water.

 

 Rinse off if contact does occur.

 

 I am attaching caution posters in several languages for you to forward to your association members.

 

 This Advisory will continue until it is determined by the Board of Health that Lake Shirley is again safe for recreational purposes.

 

 George Emond, Chairman gemond@lunenburgonline.com

 

Town of Lunenburg

 

Board of Health

 

 

Have a great weekend, I will send an update by Tuesday.  Again, thank you all for your continued support.

 

Joanna Bilotta-Simeone

 

LSIC President

 

 

 

ALGAE BLOOM IDENTIFIED ON LAKE SHIRLEY

August 21, 2014

 

Dear Lake Shirley Residents,

 

The LSIC – identified Lake Shirley has an Algae Bloom.  Aquatic Control Technologies (ACT) came out on Tuesday August 19th & members of the LSIC did a lake survey gathering water samples to test and completing secchi disk readings to get clarity levels. Wednesday August 20th the results are stating that the blue-green algae counts in the lake are above the threshold for which MassDEP will allow us to treat with copper sulfate.  The current DEP guidance on this matter is attached for your reference.  In order to conduct treatment, the blue-green cell counts must be less than 70,000 cells/ml.  The blue-green count for the sample collected Tuesday in the North Basin (1st lake) was ~173,000 cells/ml.

 

ACT recommends that water clarity readings be taken as often as possible (at least every 3 days).  Hopefully with this forecasted cooler weather, the bloom will begin to subside some.  ACT recommends that water samples be collected; the LSIC will be dropping off another round of water samples to ACT on Monday August 25th to see what the blue-green cell counts are.

 

The LSIC is going to do toxin testing with a Lab in Berlin, CT. This lab is also used by the Commonwealth of MA for water testing.  We will also be conducting some nutrient sampling.  ACT also recommended that we do total and dissolved phosphorus sampling.  Les Smith a Director on the LSIC chairperson of water quality will be running with those water tests on Monday/Tuesday of next week.

 

I have posted some literature from the MA DPH on blue-green algae on the LSIC website here and here as PDF downloads: dhp-poster.pdf | Mass State Guidance Oct 2013.pdf

 

We are still working on getting specific answers on the health & safety measures. I will keep you updated via the Website, Facebook and email notification.  Thanks for your patients and stay tuned.

 

Thank you,

Joanna Bilotta-Simeone

LSIC President

978-582-9090

 

 

NOTIFICATION OF AQUATIC TREATMENT ON LAKE SHIRLEY

June 24, 2014 - Areas of Lake Shirley will be chemically treated to control invasive and nuisance aquatic vegetation on Tuesday, July 1st.   The entire lake will be closed to all water uses (including swimming, boating and fishing) on the day of treatment only.  Furthermore, water from the lake cannot be used for irrigation, watering livestock, or drinking purposes for 5 days from the date of treatment.

 

The work is being performed for the Lake Shirley Improvement Corporation, pursuant to a permit (license) issued by MA DEP, Office of Watershed Management and the Lunenburg and Shirley Conservation Commissions. The treatment is being performed under contract with Aquatic Control Technology of Sutton, MA - (508) 865-1000

 

2014 Lake Shirley Aquatic Survey (PDF)

 

 

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR ANNUAL LAKE SHIRLEY BBQ

June 4, 2014 - Dear Lake Shirley, HELP NEEDED/WANTED: If anyone would be interested in helping with the annual BBQ this year please let us know. If you would like to grab 10 to 20 tickets and sell them on your street or sell tickets to your friends and family for a great Sunday get together and have us do your cooking and cleaning. Please give Joanna Bilotta-Simeone a call or email. You do not need to be a director to lend a hand for this one event, the more hands we have the easier the day goes for everyone.

Lake Shirley's Annual Chicken BBQ

Sunday July 20, 2014 @ Camp David

Chicken will be served from 12 - 2 pm.

Tickets are $9.00 in advance $11.00 at the door

Music, Swimming, games, raffles and prizes

Contact jobilotta@comcast.com or 978-582-9090 with any questions

 

 

DATES SET FOR 2014 ANNUAL MEETING AND CHICKEN BARBEQUE

May 6, 2014 - This year's LSIC Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 7 pm at St. Anthony's Hall at 14 Phoenix Street, Shirley, MA 01464

 

 

2013 LAKE SHIRLEY AQUATIC VEGETATION SURVEY POSTED

Oct. 25, 2013 - We've released the results of the Aquatic Vegetation Survey conducted on Lake Shirley during the summer of 2013. PDF

 

 

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Sept. 23, 2013 - The BBQ was a great success again this year thanks to all of you who were a part of our day.  Although I don’t have the total profit as of now I expect that it will be about $1,300. That is a little shy of the $1,500 we made in 2012.  We had great weather once again. We also had a lot of great help from the cooks, to the DJ, to the many people and businesses that donated raffle prizes, to the owner of Camp David, the directors that ran around soliciting the many raffle prizes and selling all those BBQ tickets and then donating their Sunday for the benefit of all of us on Lake Shirley. This year we served about the same as in 2012, 225 people, which is short of our 250 goal. The numbers are still impressive. Thanks to everyone who helped out and to all of those that came to give us such a great turnout. Let’s shoot for 250 people in 2014! See you all then and keep safe until we meet again next July! - Paula Valente, Events Committee Chairwoman

 

 

DAM OPENING SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, OCT. 15

Sept. 16, 2013 -The Lake Shirley Dam will start the process of being opened for the fall season on Tuesday October 15, 2013.

 

 

2013 LAKE MANAGEMENT REPORT

July 10, 2013 - On May 27th & June 15th a survey for vegetation was performed on our lake by ACT to investigate the need for weed treatment for the summer season. A combination of techniques was utilized.

 

Milfoil, curly leaf pondweed, spiny naiad, tapegrass (wild celery) and other aquatic plants were noted. The spiny Naiad and tapegrass were targeted due to their predominance along with invasive Eurasian water Milfoil and curlyleaf pondweed.

Notifications were made, postings were done and conservation commissions were notified in both Lunenburg and Shirley.

After examination it was determined that treatment would consist of Diquat treatment to 100 acres.

 

It was performed by ACT on Thursday, June 27th.

 

On the 3rd & 5th days post-treatment, water samples were taken from the Bowen and the Holman residence and delivered to Granite State Analytical in Derry, NH for Diquat testing by Jackie Ramondelli. On July 9th we received the report from them stating there was no Diquat issue in any samples.

 

Cost for water testing for Diquat: $1, 080.00

The cost for our treatment for weeds this year was: $20,450.00.

 

- There will be an additional fee of $3,000 for reports, etc.

 

- Water monitoring for algae is also being done and there will be additional costs for that, not known at this time but could possibly be another $1,000 depending on number of water samples.

 

- Should we need algae treatment this year it will be a split treatment, 2 different days and be at a cost of about $10,000.

With all that being said, as always, we hope more of our residents will support our management program to maintain our beautiful lake for all of us to enjoy. Our lake dues are responsible for being able to continue to do this. Thank you to all who contribute! We ALL need to value what we have in this wonderful asset we live on and help by contributing so we can continue to keep it beautiful.

Jackie Ramondelli - Co-chair, Lake Management Committee

 

 

LAKE CLEANUP - YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Dec. 10, 2012 - Just a note for all of you with weeds and muck in you swimming areas. NOW is the perfect time, before the snow, to get your beach areas raked.  All the leaves, pine needles/cones that settle on the bottom turn into muck if left there. More

 

 

2012 LAKE SHIRLEY AQUATIC VEGETATION SURVEY POSTED

Sept. 25, 2012 - We've released the results of the Aquatic Vegetation Survey conducted on Lake Shirley during the summer of 2012. PDF

 

 

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS SUMMER'S BBQ A GREAT SUCCESS

Sept. 25, 2012 - hank you! Thank you! Thank you! The results of the LSIC Annual Chicken BBQ are in! The BBQ was a great success again this year thanks to all of you who were a part of our day. After all expenses were paid the LSIC made about $1,500. More

 

 

SPRING 2012 NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

May 7, 2012 - The Spring 2012 Lake Shirley newsletter is now available to download here.  In this newsletter: the latest Lake events list, Annual Meeting minutes, updates to the Vegetation and Algae Management as well as LSIC dues payment news.

 

 

YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

December 10, 2012 - YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! Just a note for all of you with weeds and muck in you swimming areas.

I believe we have reached our target depth as far as lowering the lake for the winter season.  As you know,

the reason for doing this is to try to freeze some of the weed growth in our lake and also to give people an

opportunity to clean up their beaches/swimming areas.

 

NOW is the perfect time, before the snow, to get your beach areas raked.  All the leaves, pine needles/cones

that settle on the bottom turn into muck if left there. They then make a perfect growing condition for weeds.

So if you would like to make your area nicer and help your lake, RAKE YOUR AREAS.

 

Also, NO ONE SHOULD BE RAKING LEAVES OR BLOWING LEAVES OR ANY MATERIALS INTO THE LAKE FOR THE ABOVE STATED REASONS.  LET'S ALL TRY OUR BEST TO MAKE OUR LAKE A NICER PLACE. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!!!!!

- Jackie Ramondelli, co-chair, Vegetation Mgmt, LSIC

 

 

UPDATE ON 2012 LAKE SHIRLEY DAM GATE OPENING

September 30, 2012 - The Lake Shirley Dam will start the process of being opened for the fall season on Sunday October 14, 2012.  We hope to achieve a great drawdown season to help get a strong freeze for the weeds.

 

Control - Water Level Drawdown

 

Lowering the water level of a lake or reservoir can have a dramatic impact on some aquatic weed problems. Water level drawdown can be used where there is a water control structure that allows the managers of lakes or reservoirs to drop the water level in the waterbody for extended periods of time.

 

Lowering the water level in the winter exposes the sediment to both freezing and loss of water. Freezing can have a dramatic impact on aquatic plants (such as Eurasian watermilfoil or Brazilian elodea) that have no overwintering structures such as viable seeds, turions, tubers, or winter buds. Prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures is often fatal. Freezing of the sediments can also impact species like frogs, turtles, and invertebrates that may over winter in the drawn down area.

 

Drawdowns that expose greater areas of sediment (and plant beds) will be most effective in controlling aquatic plants. .

 

Advantages:

• If a water control structure is in place, drawdown can be a very cost effective way of controlling plants like Brazilian elodea and Eurasian watermilfoil.

• The expansion of native aquatic plants in areas formerly occupied by exotic species can be enhanced by drawdown.

• Game fish are reported to experience enhanced populations after drawdown.

• Drawdowns provide an opportunity to repair and improve docks and other structures.

• Loose, flocculent sediments can become consolidated after drawdown occurs.

 

 

2012 LAKE SHIRLEY AQUATIC VEGETATION SURVEY RESULTS POSTED

September 25, 2012 - We've posted the up-to-date 2012 Aquatic Vegetation Survey. PDF

 

 

LSIC BBQ A GREAT SUCCESS, RAISES ABOUT $1,500

September 25, 2012 - Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

 

The results of the LSIC Annual Chicken BBQ are in! The BBQ was a great success again this year thanks to all of you who were a part of our day. After all expenses were paid the LSIC made about $1,500. That is the largest profit margin that I can remember and I have been the chair of the BBQ committee at least 10 years.

 

We had great weather once again. We also had a lot of great help from the cooks, to the DJ, to the many people and businesses that donated raffle prizes, to the owner of Camp David, the directors that ran around soliciting the many raffle prizes and selling all those BBQ tickets and then donating their Sunday for the benefit of all of us on Lake Shirley.

 

This year we served about 225 people, which is up from about 200 people in 2011. The numbers have gone up for the past 5+ years. Thanks to everyone who helped out and to all of those that came to give us such a great turnout. We will shoot for 250 people in 2013! See you all then and keep safe until we meet again next July!

Paula Valente, Events Committee Chairwoman

 

 

NEW HOMEOWNER FACT SHEET POSTED

September 4, 2012 - Below is the report of an inspection of weed growth on Lake Shirley. You can download a PDF version of the report here: PDF

 

On Wed., Aug. 29th,  you along with Jackie Ramondelli and I, examined the weed growth throughout Lake Shirley.  This was not a comprehensive lake-wide survey but  we did inspect a substantial number of shoreline areas and coves in all three basins of the lake where residents were reporting abundant plant growth.  Our more comprehensive late summer plant survey will follow sometime in September. From shore out to water depths of about four feet, there was generally little or sparse growth of tapegrass or naiad but beyond four feet to depths of about 7 or 8 feet,  the density increased.

 

The tapegrass is easily recognized by the “curley-cue”  plant part that extends from the base of the plant, up towards the water surface, where a small , white colored flower may appear.  The  narrow, fairly long, green colored leaves found at the base of the plant,  may not be visible from the water surface.    Both species grow well in bottom types of sand or fine gravel mixed with silt or muck.  Given the excellent water clarity of the lake during our survey, we  also traveled over expansive areas of the lake’s shoreline where there was little or no  nuisance plant growth.

 

The upshot of our inspection is that the growth of tapegrass/wild celery (Vallisneria)  and secondly,  spiny naiad (Najas minor)  are  moderate to abundant in a number of coves.  Tapegrass or wild celery is a common native species while spiny naiad is non-native.   The growth of these two species was most widespread in the northern end and coves of the north basin.  More frequent  patches of fanwort than in previous years were also seen  scattered  throughout portions of these coves.

 

Throughout the middle lake basin, the growth of these two species was far less, however, we saw considerably more fanwort than in previous years, especially from the marina, heading  west towards  Les Smith’s home.

 

Tapegrass/wild celery and spiny naiad were also were found in low to moderate abundance throughout most the lake’s southern basin, however, in the far southern cove, both species were found to be moderately  widespread.  The matted, filamentous algae that had developed during July in “Millionaire’s Cove, ”   was no longer seen nor a problem.  Overall, that cove looked ”good” relative to plant and/or algae growth.

 

We can understand why residents in some of these coves where the tapegrass and naiad are more abundant would be concerned.   Based upon the rather shallow depth of Lake Shirley, the existence of at least three species of invasive weed species and the reported  nutrient loading  that enters it, the lake is going to support a certain level of either nuisance microscopic algae and plant growth.  Spiny naiad can be fairly readily and economically chemically treated.  The tapegrass may not respond  as well  to treatment.

 

Chemically treating large areas of the lake targeting these weed species needs to be carefully considered and discussed.  In our opinion, the summer’s now  “winding down”, therefore, chemical treatment makes no sense at this time, seeing how these weeds would likely re-grow next summer anyway.  Targeted chemical treatment next summer in some of the most heavily infested and widely populated/used coves next summer is likely to be recommended, however, we caution against widespread treatment throughout too much of the lake for fear that nutrient release in early July (when these two weeds start to appear) would potentially fuel the growth of  nuisance algae.  Trading less weeds for more algae may not be a desirable trade-off.

 

A deep,  sustained drawdown this fall/winter should help some to control the tapegrass.  On the other hand, the naiad reproduces by seed and the seeds are generally resistant to the affects of freezing and  drying.   The almost unprecedented mild temperatures and lack of snow/ice cover experienced last winter, likely  limited  the effectiveness of the drawdown in controlling rooted plant growth this past summer.   Given an extended cold winter and a maximum drawdown this winter, we may see some better control of the tapegrass next summer.

 

 

NEW HOMEOWNER FACT SHEET POSTED

August 2, 2012 - We've posted a homeowner fact sheet on our links page that includes information on the use of fertilizers and pesticides near lakes, how to care for you septic systems and the importance of vegetated buffer zones around the lake.  PDF

 

 

Join Us At The LSIC Chicken BBQ Fundraiser

July 22, 2012- Please join us at the LSIC CHICKEN BBQ FUNDRAISER to be held Sunday, July 22, 2012 at Camp David on Lake Shirley. Tickets are $9 in advance, $11 at the BBQ. Email or call any director for tickets. Additionally, at the BBQ, we will be raffling off 2 BOSTON RED SOX tickets for the Minnesota Twins game on Aug. 2, 2012! You do not need to be present to win. Raffle tickets are a $5 donation, available from LSIC Directors and at the BBQ.

 

 

Update on the Lake Shirley Eagles

July 16, 2012- The Eagles and their baby eaglets, have a new nest in the First lake near the cove off Sunset Ln. It is on private property, so please be respectful of the property owner.

Several weeks ago the male Eagle, while fishing on Hickory Hills Lake on the other side of Town, flew into a power line and was fatally injured. The State obtained the Eagle. It was approximately 7 years old and original tagged in NH. Since then one of the baby Eagles fell out of nest. The State obtain the Eagle and took to animal facility in Worcester. It sadly died from swallowing a fish that had a hook in it that got caught in its throat.

 

 

Notification of Aquatic Treatment on Lake Shirley

June 15, 2012- Areas of Lake Shirley will be chemically treated to control invasive and nuisance aquatic vegetation on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.   The entire lake will be closed to all water uses (including swimming, boating and fishing) on the day of treatment only.  Furthermore, water from the lake cannot be used for irrigation, watering livestock, or drinking purposes for 5 days from the date of treatment.

 

The work is being performed for the Lake Shirley Improvement Corporation, pursuant to a permit (license) issued by MA DEP, Office of Watershed Management. The treatment is being performed under contract with Aquatic Control Technology, Inc. of Sutton.

 

 

2012 ANNUAL MEETING

May 23, 2012 - 7 pm at Harley House. Come early for a wonderful Spaghetti dinner. To be served starting at 5:30pm. Only $6.00 per person - PDF Flyer

 

 

Spring 2012 Newsletter Now Available For Download

May 7, 2012- The Spring 2012 Lake Shirley newsletter is now available to download here.  In this newsletter: the latest Lake events list, Annual Meeting minutes, updates to the Vegetation and Algae Management as well as LSIC dues payment news.

 

 

Lake Shirley Dam Officially Closed

May 6, 2012- On Sunday evening, May 6, at 6 p.m., we finally had natural water flow over the spillway. The Dam Keepers, Richie Patry and Ron Wilson, officially closed the last gate on the dam. Let the boating season begin!

 

 

Join the LSIC Mailing List to get up-to-date information on important Lake Shirley news

March 7, 2012- Sign up for the Lake Shirley Improvement Corporation Mailing List to get the most up-to-date information on what’s happening on Lake Shirley.

After you sign up, we’ll periodically send you pertinent information on the LSIC such as our newsletter, reminders of important upcoming events and dates, and when we’ve posted information on our website that we think you’ll be interest in.

 

 

LSIC Newsletter to be delivered electronically to save time, money, and resources

March 6, 2012 - In our continuing effort to save money and resources we have decided to deliver our newsletter via email only in addition to having it available for download on our new website. Savings on postage, paper and time will allow us to better focus our precious resources.

 

If you would like to have the newsletter delivered to you via email, please click here to update your email address.

 

 

Overview of Massachusetts' Recreation Vehicle Laws

The following activities are prohibited in accordance with Massachusetts’s recreation vehicle laws. For the complete law refer to Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 90B (Sections 20-35) and 323 Code of Massachusetts Regulations 3.00 PDF

 

- Operating under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

- Operating on public ways or upon the right-of-way limits of a controlled access highway.

- Failure to come to a complete stop when crossing a public way (must yield to motor vehicle traffic).

- No person under 16½ years of age shall operate across a public way.

- Operating so as to endanger any person or property.

- Operating at an unreasonable, improper, and unsafe speed for existing conditions.

- Operating on land of another without permission of the owner. (Permission may be given to an individual or group).

- Operating within 150 feet of an occupied residence without permission of the owner unless operating on the property of another for which permission has been granted.

- Operating in a manner so as to harass or chase wildlife or domestic animals.

- Operating on a wetland such as a bog, marsh, or swamp so as to destroy or damage the wetland, if such area has been designated and posted as a protected wetland area.

- Operating in Wildlife Management Areas.

 

Visit http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dle/323cmr30.pdf

 

 

Ice Safety Tips From Division of Fisheries & Wildlife

The Division of Fisheries & Wildlife urges outdoor enthusiasts to play it safe and check ice carefully before venturing onto ice-covered waters. A clear layer of 4-inch ice is a good, safe thickness for foot traffic. An ice strength table and safety tips are posted here. Links to winter weather related preparedness tips and a video on ice safety from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources can be found here.

 

Ice Safety Chart - PDF

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