LWTF Spring 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to another season at Lake Waramaug.  It was a busy winter for members of the Lake Waramaug Task Force…and we are looking at an equally busy and critical summer ahead.

First, and foremost, we bid a reluctant adieu to our long-serving and “storied” Executive Director Tom McGowan, whom many of you know as a dedicated champion of and spokesman for the Lake. Tom has retired from “active duty,” but promises to continue to be an advocate for the Lake whenever and wherever he can. Tom was integral to the formation of the Lake Waramaug Task Force in 1975 and has been its Executive Director since 1982. We are sorry to see him go, but understand his desire to “sit back and smell the roses.”  

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LWTF Winter 2017 Brief

The Task Force continues to move ahead to control the many soil erosion sites on Sucker Brook and other smaller streams that are harming the lake’s ecology. Storm water conveyed soil deposits from these erosion sites are creating deltas at stream and culvert inlets. These deltas rob the lake depths of the vital cold, well oxygenated water Lake Waramaug needs to stay healthy. They also create ideal habitats for invasive aquatic plants.

On Potash Brook, which runs to the lake from above the Hopkins Vineyard, we have permits in place to stabilize a stream bank erosion site and clean out eroded soil from an in-stream collection basin. Another soil full sediment basin on Hawes Brook in Warren is also permitted to be cleaned out in 2017.

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