Welcome to our ﬁrst newsletter. On the surface, Moose Pond and the shoreline may look much the same, but a lot has happened this past year and we want to share the news with you.
The biggest event was that variable-leaf milfoil was found clinging to a boat trailer entering Moose Pond. It was removed by the boat inspector and identiﬁed by the Lakes Environmental Association. The Moose Pond Association works directly with LEA, utilizing their knowledge, experience and personnel to support our efforts. It is important for Moose Pond members to also belong to and support LEA. We couldn’t do it without them.
This is the last year of the funded Watershed Project for Moose Pond. Through the project, both large and small improvements have been made to some shoreline properties to reduce erosion, but there is still lots that can be done to positively affect the water quality. Visit the Articles and Guides section on our Web site, www.moosepondassociation. org, for more ways to reduce undesirable runoff into the pond.
Standard water testing for clarity, chlorophyll and phosphorous shows that the 2012 numbers are worse than the long-term average. In 1999, Moose Pond’s water quality was ranked in the “moderate to average concern,” but has now risen to “high concern.”
In addition, the Moose Pond Association funded some additional testing by LEA and we found that an algae called Gloeotrichia is prevalent in our lake.
We’ve made several visits to Caruso Island to work on stabilization of the erosion problems there.
These stories and others are all in our newsletter. If you have other ideas or stories to tell please let us know and we’ll publish them on our Web site: www.moosepondassociation.org.
The mission for the Moose Pond Association is the following: Maintaining and Improving the Health of Moose Pond. Our best hope for having clean, clear water for generations to come is an informed and caring public. In both small and large ways, we can all contribute to the effort to improve our lake’s water quality and keep Moose Pond free of invasive plants. So please take a moment to read the news. Let us know your thoughts. We’ll continue to count on your support to make Moose Pond a place for people to enjoy for all time.
David Ehrman, President