Board Meeting Highlights





July 13, 2017 Board Meeting

President's Report::

- The $6,000 community grant from the Town for FY18 was approved.
- Mack Reid of the Ridgefield Press interviewed me regarding the lake, treatments and our management company, Pond and Lake Connection (PLC).



Committee Reports:

Lake Management: The last algae treatment was June 18. We were supposed to have another last Friday, July 7, but it was raining too hard so PLC will do the treatment this week, maybe on Friday, July 14. We will let PLC know that we need a 48-hour notice, and suggest that they not treat the lake on Fridays as this hinders recreational use for 24 hours at a time when the lake is well used.

Spillway/Dam: The tarp at the dam was pulled up before the last treatment and lowered five days later. A dam inspection is expected this month.



New Business:

Lake Fountains: A watershed resident offered to assist with the cost of putting three fountains in the lake to aerate the water and reduce algae. The Board discussed the possibility of fountains. Issues mentioned were: fountains are meant for small ponds, not large lakes; the very large number of fountains needed to make any difference in a lake our size; getting electricity and pipes to the fountains; liability regarding boats and other recreation near the fountains.

Trees in Lake: It was suggested that we create a policy regarding trees that fall into the lake. Twice in the past, we have had grant money to remove fallen trees from the lake but do not normally have such funding available. This policy would outline how we chose to remove tees if we have grant money available so that all property owners are treated equally. Board members will write a policy with tree removal criteria based solely on community use and health of the lake.

Acreage of Lake: The question of lake acreage was raised. The Bay State report listed the lake size as 96 acres. The new State report used the figure of 85 acres. It was suggested aerial photos would make the lake look smaller because of trees and foliage that hang over the shore and also in-fill to the lake has occurred, such as the extreme sediment from the Third Lane stream site.








June 1, 2017 Board Meeting

President's Report:: Pond and Lake Connection (PLC) has requested that only one Board member be designated the liaison person with them.



Committee Reports:

Fundraising: There were no new donations in the month of May. The spring fundraising mailing was sent in late May and included the new pamphlet “Seasonal Guide to Living near a Lake.”

Lake Management: PLC has been on the lake three times thus far. Photos of the water by the spillway will be taken by the Board five days after a herbicide treatment.

Spillway/Dam: A dam and spillway inspection will take place in July.

Egg Addling: Canada Goose nests on the two lake islands were addled. Two nests were missed on the western end of the lake. These goose families are frequently on homeowner lawns along Mamanasco Road.


Old Business:

Richardson Grant: In July of 2016, MLIF received a $10,000 grant from the Richardson Fund. The money was spent as specified in the application for two areas: the removal of dead and dying tree and brush removal as well as removal of the derelict dock floating around the lake, and a state of CT study of aquatic plant life in the lake.

Meeting Recap: Board members felt the meeting was successful and that Greg Bugbee’s report on the lake helped Board members and guests understand a variety of concepts about the lake.


New Business:

Eversource Grant: We applied and received a $450 grant from the Eversource company to produce an updated version of our lake pamphlet. The previous lake pamphlet was updated and 2,000 copies were ordered. The new pamphlets, entitled “Seasonal Guide to Living near a Lake,” were included in the recent fundraising letter.







May 4, 2017 Board Meeting

President's Report::

- It was noted that the Town’s $6,000 contribution to the lake is included in the Board of Selectmen’s budget.
- The town cleaned out the Mamanasco Road catch basins on May 2.
- A thank-you note was sent to Toni Boucher and to the State for the timely issuance of our treatment permits in mid-April.



Committee Reports:

Fundraising: We will include the new “Seasonal Guide to Living Near a Lake” pamphlet with the next fundraising letter.

Lake Management:
* Pond and Lake Connection (PLC) treated the lake on April 18 for aquatic weeds.
* On May 3, PLC spot treated the lake for aquatic weeds and for algae.
* PLC will be doing a post-treatment survey on or about May 8.
* The next treatment will be the week before Memorial Day.
* We will discuss with PLC adequate notice and signage posting before the treatments.

Spillway: The lake was drawn down in April before the April 18 treatment. It took a while to get the lake drawn down and it was about 5” below the spillway before the treatment.

The siphon pipes have been camouflaged with patterned outdoor contact paper so the blend into the environment.

Egg Addling: There were two nests found on Rock Island with goose eggs which were addled.


Old Business:

Grant: The 2016 Richardson Grant application included the State lake survey and a project to remove dead and dying trees in the lake. Remaining funds will be used in the next weeks to continue the removal of dying trees. Bartlett Tree company is doing the work.

Meeting Recap: Board members felt the meeting was successful and that Greg Bugbee’s report on the lake helped Board members and guests understand a variety of concepts about the lake.


New Business:

Eversource Grant: MLIF has applied for a grant from Eversource for $450 to update and print 2000 copies of the MLIF brochure, “A Seasonal Guide to Living Near a Lake.”









March 9, 2017 Annual State of the Lake Meeting


Presentation by Greg Bugbee:
Our speaker for the meeting, Greg Bugbee, is an Associate Scientist at the CT Agricultural Experiment Station (Dept. of Environmental Sciences.) He has lead aquatic plant surveys on over 250 lakes and ponds and has directed research projects on invasive plant control. He also oversees the Agricultural Experiment Station’s soil testing program designed to reduce use of fertilizers in watersheds. Greg and his team studied our lake for 5 ½ months, from May to late September, 2016. He prepared a comprehensive 37-page report for us.

Greg explained that he began working with the lake program in the late 1990s. He stressed the importance of native aquatic plants because they are food and habitat for wildlife, they improve water clarity, remove nutrients, reduce algal blooms and help resist growth of invasive species. He suggests a 20-40% coverage of native aquatic plants. In CT lakes, 2/3 of plants are non-native invasive species.

In May 2016, Mamanasco Lake had excessive growth of non-native invasive curlyleaf pondweed. This dies back naturally but leaves biomass on the lake bottom. In the spring, we also had the native plants coontail, waterlily, common reed, pickerel weed, small pondweed and homed pondweed.

In late summer 2016, in addition to the above plants, the lake also had common duckweed, minor naiad, great duckweed and watermeal. In late summer the lake also had a large filamentous algal bloom. The lake had large patches of invasive minor naiad, an increase in coontail and a decrease in small pondweed.

Water Chemistry was measured at the inlet near Al Marcus’ house and at the outlet at the spillway. Total phosphorus (P) measured 67 at the inlet and 73 at the outlet. Generally the outlet stream had lower P concentrations than at the inlet. A number over 20 indicates too much P which encourages nuisance algae bloom. The mean monthly P concentration ranged from 18-34 at the surface and 14-97 at the bottom. Phosphorus counts over 50 are categorized as hypereutrophic. The water at the bottom of the lake had very high phosphorus count.

Water Clarity is measured with a Secchi Disk. The mean water clarity was 1.9 and range from 1.2 to 2.3 (can see the disc through the water at the depth of 2.3 feet.) Clarity was good in May, June and September but low in August..

Alkalinity: Our lake has an extremely high Ph with mean Ph ranging from 66-89. The state lake average is 10. Plants that grow well with high alkalinity are Asian watermilfoil, curly leaf pondweed and minor naiad – all of which we have. High PH also supports zebra mussels which we do not yet have.

Management Options:
* Best option is to deepen the lake by dredging although this is usually prohibitively expensive.
* Treat curlyleaf pondweed early, in mid-April, to interrupt their life cycle and reduce the yearly increase in biomass. There is a correlation between biomass of curlyleaf pondweed and Lyngbya/Microseira wollei (algae mats.) these type of algae mats are nearly impervious to most algaecides.
* Can use Phoslock which binds P very well but very expensive.
* Grass carp are not likely to control the algal mat problem and can promote them by releasing nutrients formerly tied up by vegetation.
* Buffer zones around lake prevent more nutrients from entering the lake.
* Pond and Lake Connection is in contact with a Wisconsin company, Aquafix, which is using enzymes and microbes to disrupt algae growth.

When asked about the frequency of repeat studies of the lake, Greg Bugbee recommended every five years.

Greg Bugbee was thanked for his work and his presentation. Our representatives from Pond and Lake Connection were also thanked for their input.


President's Report::
The Board members were introduced and the work they do to preserve the lake, as well as other off-board community members who assist.

Recap of MLIF work in 2016
* The lake was open all summer with no blue-green algae.
* MLIF received a $10,000 grant from the Anne Richardson Fund for the lake survey and removal of dead and dying tree from the lake. The lake survey was conducted by the CT Dept. of Environmental Sciences Agriculture Experiment Station as reported above.
* The Stormwater Drainage Project at the Third Lane stream was completed by the town. This stream had eroded over time forming a canyon and pushing huge amounts of silt and dirt into the lake.
* Attendance at the CT Lakes conference April 9.
* A letter to the state regarding treatment permit delays and an assist from State Senator Toni Boucher brought a positive response with permits expected by April 1.

Plans for 2017
* Incorporate Greg Bugbee’s findings into lake management plans
* Applied for three-year treatment permit to avoid future delays
* Finish Richardson Grant project of removal of dead trees from lake
* Educate watershed property owners via emails and mailings. Continuing efforts to reduce use of fertilizer in the watershed.
* Encourage attendance at the CT Lakes Conference in New Haven on April 29
* Apply for future grants

Nominating Committee Report:
Mimi Dalbey, Chair, presented the report from the Nominating Committee. The Committee included off-board members Elsa George and Michael Juliano. Mimi presented their proposed slate of officers and directors. Kitty moved, and Mimi seconded, a motion to approve the slate of officers and directors for 2017 as presented by the Nominating Committee. Hearing no discussion the motion was unanimously approved.

MLIF 2017 Officers and Directors:
President: Barbara Hartman
Vice President: Dean Williams
Secretary: Kitty Fischer
Treasurer: Rosemary Hawkins Sposito
Directors:
Mike Austin
Barbara Cmiel
Margie Collora
Nancy Jacobowitz
Mimi Dalbey
Jason Geane

MLIF Consultants to the Board: Bernie Cassidy, Tessa Jucaite, Jeff McAllister, Mark Zeck

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February 2, 2017 Board Meeting


President's Report::

* The State Survey of the lake's aquatic plants, paid for by the Richardson Fund, will be the topic of our speaker, Greg Bugbee, at our Annual Meeting.

* The CT Lakes Conference will be 4/29 at New Haven from 9:00 - 3:30.



Committee Reports:

Spillway: It was reported that the spillway looks good. The water is running over the top.


Old Business:

Richardson Grant: The 2016 Richardson Grant application included the State Lake Survey and a project to remove dead and dying trees in the lake. Remaining funds of approximately $1,700 will be used in the spring.

Lake Video: A lake video will be shot in the late Spring/early June. When finished, the video will be distributed on social media and in an email blast. We may be able to have someone do monthly flyovers so that we can see how the lake and aquatic plants/algae change from month to month.


New Business:

Annual Meeting: The Annual Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 9, 7:30 p.m. at CVS.












January 5, 2017 Board Meeting


President's Report::

* Our request for a $10,000 Town Community Grant was sent on November 29, 2016

* The report on the State of CT Survey of Aquatic Plant Life is not yet ready. We were told the agency will have the report completed shortly, in time for our annual meeting.

* Candlewood Lake is investigating using Sonar for algae.


Committee Reports:

Fundraising: Our fundraising contributions were ahead of last year's.

Lake Management: The lake management contract with Pond and Lake Connection (PLC) was signed on December 3, 2016. Fawn Kearns said that the state has opened up an opportunity to apply for a three-year permit. If we decide to do this, the state wants the $300/year fee up front, making it a $900 bill all at once. The Board voted to apply for the three-year treatment permit.

Old Business:

Richardson Grant: The 2016 Richardson Grant application included the state lake survey and a project to remove dead and dying trees in the lake. The work was carried out in October. Remaining funds will be used in the spring.

We will not apply for a Richardson Grant in 2017

New Business:

Annual Meeting: The Annual Meeting is currently being planned for Thursday, March 2, 7:30 p.m. at CVS. We will try to get a speaker about the lake, such as Larry Marsicano or someone from the state regarding our survey results. The Board will send an email blast notification besides sending postcards to the watershed residents.

"Sponge Park": Discussion was had about efforts to save the Gowanus Canal in NYC and the many techniques being used to clean that waterway. The point of discussion being whether one of those techniques, filtering plants, would be useful on our lake. A Board member will see if any more information can be obtained.









November 3, 2016 Board Meeting


President's Report::

This year the town wants our Community Grant request by December 2. We will work on the request and the 2017 budget.

We want to review and approve the lake management contract with Pond and Lake Connection (PLC) in a timely manner. This will enable PLC to have our treatment permit request to the state agencies at the beginning of 2017. We need to speed up the state approvals so that we can treat in late April/early May.


Committee Reports:

Spillway: The spillway is still about 4 inches below the top level. The white siphon pipes will be painted to camouflage them. They will then be reattached.

Lake Management: We are waiting for the results and report from the CT State Aquatic Plant Study before signing the 2017 PLC contract. PLC would like to review the study results before devising the 2017 management and treatment plan.










October 6, 2016 Board Meeting


Guest Speakers:: The guest speakers for the evening were Fawn Kearns and Jeff Stahl from Pond and Lake Connection (PLC), our lake management company. Photos of Lake Mamanasco covered in blue-green algae from the summer of 2015 were shown, and it was noted that the lake is in much better shape this year. The CT Dept. of Agricultural Sciences has been conducting a survey of the lake (funded by a Richardson Fund grant) throughout the summer to map aquatic plants in the lake. We will not have the results of this study until November, and PLC will not be giving an exact plan for next year until they see those results.

Jeff Stahl talked about the lateness of receiving our treatment permit. The application was sent to the state on 1/5/16 but the permit was not received until 5/23/16. PLC is trying to get to the bottom of this late permit issuance which has created a problem for management of conditions in our lake for the past several years. On 4/20 PLC checked the lake and saw curly-leaf pondweed growing and by the time of treatment the pondweed had grown to the top of the water. Immediately after receiving the state permit, on 5/26, PLC treated the lake targeting the curly-leaf pondweed. They used products that also bind phosphorus. Fawn showed photos of the lake in April and then again in June after the treatment.

Fawn Kearns gave insight into curly-leaf pondweed and blue-green algae. Curley-leaf pondweed (Potamogeton crispus) is an invasive, non-native, submersed aquatic plant that reproduces by seed. By 5/26, the weed was well past the time at which it should have been treated and had already produced seeds. Fawn noted a correlation between curly-leaf and blue-green algae. When more fully grown, curly-leaf blocks out light that the native aquatic plants need to grow. Lack of aquatic plants may provide a more conducive environment for blue-green algae.

PLC treated the lake six times between 5/26 and 8/18. After each treatment, they came back after five days to check the results. They did eight lake assessments. They maintained ongoing communications with MLIF.

The lake had large mats of filamentous algae in late summer. These mats were not the goal this year as the goal was to keep the lake open and safe with no blue-green algae. The mats are not toxic although unsightly. The water was clear in the summer and that contributed to the excessive growth of the filamentous algae. Next year PLC will target this filamentous algae. The good news is that some native plants such as coontail and native pondweed are coming back.

It was asked how is the best way to combat the curly-leaf pondweed. Fawn answered that we need to treat it earlier and that means obtaining the state permit in a timely manner. PLC can’t send in the DEEP application until Jan. 1. The permit application regarding wildlife (the bog turtle, an endangered species, has been found downstream) was sent last December. MLIF also sent a letter this summer to all the DEEP department heads explaining the problem with getting our treatment permit so late.

A question was asked about the great amount of filamentous algae in the lake. It was noted that the top of the water may look clear but the algae mats under the surface are extensive. Fawn responded that algae is everywhere in lakes, and they are searching for the balance. Algae feed off nutrients in the sediment. More native aquatic plants are needed to absorb the nutrients in the lake. The algae is not rooted and moves with the winds and currents. It was asked if the limited rainfall this year could impact the amount of filamentous algae. Fawn responded that the lack of rain is definitely a factor.

MLIF asked for suggestions for what we can do as a community to help. Fawn responded that it might be best to do another algae treatment in late summer/early fall to reduce the late season algae growth. A question arose as to aeration with a fountain. The answer is that it would be very expensive for a lake our size, and it needs to be in deep water of which we have very little.

At 8:30, our PLC representatives left the meeting and the MLIF monthly Board Meeting took place.


Committee Reports:

Fundraising: We are ahead of last year at this time. An increase in the suggested donation amount probably is the reason.

Spillway: It was reported that this summer/fall the water has not been close to overflowing the tarp. The siphon tubes have been rejiggered.

Drawdown: We will not have our usual two-foot drawdown this year as PLC it is now past the suggested date.

Old Business:

Richardson Grant: The Richardson Grant application included a project to remove dead and dying trees in the lake. In order to decide which trees would be removed using the grant funds, a small committee of board and non-board residents was formed. After deciding what trees to remove, the work was carried out in October. Additionally, a derelict dock was removed. Nearby neighbors were informed of the projects.

"Sponge Park": It was explained that the project at the Gowanus Canal is not applicable to us.

Lake Video: A video of the lake is still in the planning stage.








September 1, 2016 Board Meeting

President's Report::

It was noted that the CT Federation of Lakes will present a Lake Forum on Sat. 9/17, 9:00-noon, at Connecticut College in New London if anyone has an interest in attending.


Committee Reports:

Fundraising:

At the last Board meeting, a question was raised about the percent of homeowners who contributed to MLIF in different categories. A chart developed and distributed with numbers and percentages. In 2015, 58% of lakefront property owners contributed, 36% of lakeview residents contributed and 13% of the remaining watershed residents contributed. Of the total 533 watershed properties, 108, or 20% contributed.

Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): The final stage of the Third Lane project was started in early August and completed on schedule. The work appears to have been well done, with a good clean-up effort, erosion control of loose dirt and grass planting.

Spillway: As lake treatments have been finished, the tarp at the spillway will be moved down to its normal height.


Lake Management:
Our liaison Board member with Pond and Lake Connection (PLC) is happy with their work. He has received frequent emails from PLC delineating their work and progress with the lake. With four algaecide treatments, PLC has fulfilled its contract. We have a great deal of algae in the lake and the Board discussed the option of ordering another treatment in September. The Board decided not to do another treatment this late.

MLIF President intends to send a letter to the CT DEEP regarding the continual lateness in issuing our annual CT treatment permit despite being one of the first to send in our application.

The Board decided to invite PLC to either the October 6 or November 3 meeting to talk with us regarding their work this year on the lake, the success of the treatments and their insight into the health of the lake.

Anne S. Richardson Grant:
In July, we were notified that our grant application was accepted. MLIF received $10,000 from the Richardson Fund for two projects. The first was a lake survey by the CT Agricultural Experimental Station, Dept. of Environmental Sciences (DES). The DES survey to map aquatic plants has been taking place throughout this summer.

The grant also included a project to remove dead and dying trees in the lake. In order to decide which trees would be removed using the grant funds, a small committee of Board and non-Board residents was formed. The tree removal needs to be completed before the lake gets too cold for the workers to go in the water.

It was asked if next year we could write the grant to remove algae mats.






July 7, 2016 Board Meeting


President's Report:: It was brought to the Board’s attention Candlewood Lake’s struggle with weeds and blue/green algae. Thus far this summer Lake Mamanasco has no blue-green algae.


Committee Reports:

Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): The Town Engineer said the Third Lane Stream Restoration Project would begin later this week or the beginning of next week. He said the company would first stage the machines and materials, then begin the work.

A problem was brought to the Board's attention that was happening at the very top of the stream where the water is diverting around a huge rock threatening to erode a homeowner's yard. A few of the homeowners present said they will work together with the contractor and the Town Engineer regarding the problem. One of said homeowners noted that he felt the project is working as designed.

Lake Management:
* Our Lake Management Board Member is happy with the work of Pond and Lake Connection (PLC).

* The first herbicide treatment was 5/26. The lake looks good right now, and water tests are not showing any problem.

* The Board approved testing for blue-green algae if needed.


Old Business:

Anne S. Richardson Grant: A $7,500 grant application was submitted at the end of February to the Richardson Fund for a lake survey by the CT Agricultural Experimental Station, Dept. of Environmental Sciences (DES) and removal of trees in the lake. The DES survey will map aquatic plants. We will hear about the success of our application in July.


New Business:

Lake Video: A Board member is contemplating making a lake video later in the year.

"Sponge Park": Discussion was had about efforts to save the Gowanus Canal in NYC and the many techniques being used to clean that waterway. The point of discussion being whether one of those techniques, filtering plants, would be useful on our lake. A Board member will see if any more information can be obtained.









June 2, 2016 Board Meeting

President's Report:: The $6,000 Community Grant to MLIF to care for the lake was approved.


Committee Reports:

Fundraising: The new fundraising letters will be going out soon.

Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): The additional money to complete the Third Lane Stream Restoration Project was approved with the Town referendum in May. The project will begin later this summer.

Egg Addling: Four goos eggs were addled.

Drawdown and Spillway: The drawdown worked as expected. The tarp was then pulled up before the herbicide treatment as per our permit.

Lake Management:
* The CT Lake Survey took place May 24 and 25, 2016.

* The lake was treated by Pond and Lake Connection (PLC) on 5/26. Our permit applications were submitted to the State on 12/23/15 but the permits were only received on 5/23/16.

* We have a major concern about the lateness that MLIF (and our management company PLC) receives its treatment permits. This is the third consecutive year we have had a major problem. We really need to be treating the nuisance aquatic weeds in late April – we were a month late again this year, increasing the biomass at the bottom of the lake. Neighboring lakes received their permits in a timely manner. The Board discussed actions to expedite the permits.





April 7, 2016 Board Meeting


President's Report:: The current Town budget has a $6,000 Community Grant included for MLIF to care for the lake.

It was suggested that MLIF be involved in the Town's upcoming Rid Litter Days and use this effort to clean up the roadside near the lake.


Committee Reports:

Fundraising: Discussion was held and a motion made to raise the amount of the suggested fundraising donations as they have not been adjusted for many, many years. Suggested donations will be as follows: Watershed $60, Water view $150, On-the-Lake $3.50 per lake frontage. The motion passed.

Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): The additional money to complete the Third Lane Stream restoration Project is included in the Town’s proposed budget. The project completion awaits the results of the May Town budget referendum.

Egg Addling: The 2016 egg addling permit has been received.

Lake Management:
* We are going to create a postcard regarding the non-use of fertilizer. It needs to be sent quickly before homeowners, or their lawn company, use fertilizer this spring.

* The CT Agricultural Station will do free testing for phosphorus at areas of in-flow and out-flow beginning in April.

* We received an estimate of $2,950 for a bathymetric survey (map the lake bottom.) We have decided not to have this done this year.

Drawdown and Spillway: As it is an eyesore, one siphon pipe will be removed and the remaining siphon pipe will be painted a camouflage color.



New Business:

Anne S. Richardson Grant: A $7,500 grant application was submitted at the end of February to the Richardson Fund for a lake survey by the CT Agricultural Experimental Station, Dept. of Environmental Sciences (DES) and removal of trees in the lake. The DES survey will map aquatic plants. We will hear about the success of our application in July.









March 3, 2016

"State of the Lake" Annual Meeting


The President introduced the Board members and each cited the areas of work they handle for the organization. It was noted that there were 18 new watershed residents in 2015. Appreciation for the non-Board members who have contributed to the well-being of the lake was acknowledged.


Lake Condition Report: A recap of MLIF work in 2015 to manage the lake and then to deal with the blue-green algae was presented. Plans for 2016 were reviewed.

President's Recap of 2015:

* MLIF’s biggest challenge in 2015 was dealing with the blue-green algae. Various members of the Board studied and researched the issue and spoke to a variety of aquatic biologists and other lake scientists.

* We performed a 20-inch drawdown beginning in mid-October and lasting until the lake filled naturally.

* Through the grant awarded by the Anne Richardson Fund, MLIF was able to remove 30 tons of material from the northwest end of the lake. This material included algae mats, filamentous algae, debris and assorted wood -- branches, logs, dock material, etc.

* Work on the Stormwater Drainage Project at the Third Lane Stream began in the fall. The lower half of the project was completed over a two-month period. The initial estimated cost of the full project was $90,000 and is now projected to cost $230,000. The second portion of the project will be completed by the town this summer if funds are available.

* A CT free soil testing program was undertaken.

* MLIF tested for phosphorus load in streams pre and post storms.




Nominating Committee: The Nominating Committee, consisting of one Board member and two non-Board watershed residents, presented a proposed slate of officers and directors. The slate of officers and directors for 2016 as presented was unanimously approved. Outgoing member, Jeff McAllister was thanked for his many years of service to MLIF working on the spillway, dam and mechanics for the drawdown. He will now be a consultant in these areas.

MLIF 2016 Officers and Directors:
Barb Hartman, President
Mimi Dalbey, Vice President
Kitty Fischer, Secretary
Rosemary Hawkins Sposito, Treasurer
Mike Austin, Director
Bernie Cassidy, Director
Barbara Cmiel, Director
Margie Collora, Director
Jason Geane, Director
Nancy Jacobowitz, Director
Tessa Jucaite, Director
Dean Williams, Director
Mark Zeck, Director


Plans for 2016:

* Participation in the townwide April 9-10 Rid Litter Day

* Completion of the Third Lane Stream Project

* CT Lakes Conference on Saturday, April 9

* Possible dinner fundraiser this spring/summer

* Lake survey by the CT Dept. of Environmental Sciences Agriculture Experiment Station if our Richardson Grant proposal is funded

* Continuing efforts to reduce use of fertilizer in the watershed


Questions: Asked of the attendees if there were any questions, comments or suggestions, an attendee wanted to know the timing of lake treatments. In answer, it was noted that we prefer to treat the lake in early May. However, Brad Robinson of the DEEP is retiring this year and, therefore, permits may be late.


Guest Speaker: Fawn Kearns, Aquatic Biologist and Jeff Stahl of Pond and Lake Connection (PLC), our new lake management company, gave a presentation. Fawn noted that she is impressed by the work MLIF has been doing. She explained the chemistry of blue-green algae, what cyanobacteria is and what it means for our lake and its use. She explained why some types are toxic to small pets. She explained that not all blue-green algae blooms are toxic and that the water must be tested to determine the problem. Only a few labs have the capability to test for types and counts of the bacteria.

Why did Lake Mamanasco have an extreme blue-green algae bloom last summer? Fawn explained that a number of conditions contribute to the problem including: warm water, nutrient load, anoxic (low oxygen) condition, flushing time, low uptake values (not enough plant matter to take-up nutrients), climatic and atmospheric conditions, lake bottom chemistry and water chemistry (hard/soft water). Blue-green algae shows that the normal balance for a healthy lake is upset.

Our lake contains curly-leaf pondweed, a non-native aquatic plant that has no natural predators. PLC will survey for curly-leaf pondweed in late April/early May depending on the weather. They will monitor the lake monthly or more frequently as needed and take water samples to test for type of blue-green algae. If treatment is needed PLC will perform basic tests to monitor the effect of the treatment on the lake. They will treat at the first sign of an algae bloom such as a spike in O2 levels, water temp., air temp., film on surface of water, cloudy (pea soup) appearance. They will treat no more that every two weeks until the condition improves or a limit of 4-5 treatments. Lake treatments are case and site specific. Lake management is not textbook. It was reiterated that phosphorus drives blue-green algae. Reducing the inflow pf phosphorus would be a major factor in reducing excess plant growth.

Barb noted that we also have thin-leaf pondweed. Fawn responded that it may be native but can grow to nuisance levels.

A question arose about lake closure – It was explained that because of cyanobacteria in the blue-green algae, the Town Health Dept. closed the lake in late August. It was discovered that Ed Briggs, Town Sanitarian, needs to have data on specific types of cyanobacteria and exact count levels to close the lake. The obvious presence of blue-green algae was not sufficient. In the future, Pond and Lake Connection can give us general counts but we need to get exact numbers over a two week period for the Health Dept. to close the lake. Dissolved oxygen readings help to know if blue-green algae is apotential problem.










February 4, 2015 Board Meeting


President's Report::
Tree cutting on town open space property on Mamanasco Road was reported. Barb sent an email asking for the replanting of the trees. The town wants the homeowner to replace five trees at $15,000 each.

MLIF sent representatives to the February 2 Board of Selectman meeting to advocate for the continued inclusion in the Town Budget of a Community Grant to MLIF.

Committee Reports:
Fundraising: It was suggested that we drop PayPal as its balance is too low to transfer to the bank.

Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): The town received two bids for the Third Lane Stream restoration project. The $139,000 bid was awarded to True Blue Environmental for what we understood to be the full project. The project began the week of August 31 and was completed in mid-October. As we eventually found out, the bid was awarded for only half the project and now the upper half still needs to be done this spring. We met with Maureen Kozlark, Rudy Marconi and Charlie Fisher on December 16 to work on the plan for the project completion. The original estimate for this project was $90,000 and it is now estimated that the full project will cost $230,000.

Egg Addling: The 2016 goose egg addling permit has been received.

Lake Management: The 2016 lake management contract with Pond and Lake Connection was signed in mid-December. The lake treatment permit applications were mailed to the state on 1/5/16. We will create a new flier regarding the non-use of fertilizers.

Drawdown: The drawdown began in mid-October and worked well. The lake was drawn down two feet. Water levels were back to normal by mid-January.

Social Media: MLIF is now on Facebook. A notice of the Annual Meeting will be posted on the page. We should ask our Facebook friends to “Like” the MLIF page.


New Business:
Annual Meeting: The annual meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 3, 8 p.m. at the CVS Community Room. The Nominating Committee presented the slate of officers and directors. New to the board for a full term are Jason Geane and Dean Williams. Jeff McAllister will now be a consultant to the board. Richardson Grant: A motion was passed that we would submit an application to the Richardson Fund for tree removal.









November, 2015 Board Meeting

President's Report: MLIF signed an agreement with the owners of the spillway regarding use of/access to the spillway.


Committee Reports:

Fundraising: We will combine the next fundraising letter with the newsletter.

Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): Pond and Lake Connection (PLC) has checked the lake twice. Pierrepont Lake is very happy with the services of PLC.

Three new treatment companies were suggested by a Board member. However, it was noted that we have too tight a timeframe to begin investigating any new companies to hire for next year's contract.

A motion was passed to hire Pond and Lake Connection for 2016 as long as further review of the contract is acceptable. It was so moved to amend the motion to add the phrase “and that PLC will use fewer chemicals than in the past two years.”

Drawdown and Spillway: The drawdown was started on 10/21, stopped on 10/29, then resumed on 10/31. As of today, the lake is down one foot.

Social Media: It was noted that we are now on FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram.

Lake Clean-up: It was pointed out that the time during the drawdown was a good time for lakeside property owners to clean debris, branches and dead plant material from the lake.

New Business:

Video: idea of a video of the lake using aerial photography was discussed.










October 1, 2015 Board Meeting

Presentation from The Pond & Lake Connection (PLC):: Jeff Stahl, Fawn Kearns, Aquatic Biologist and Lisa Mariakakis, PLC Office Manager, gave an overview of their company and its services. The discussion focused on their aquatic management services, including algae and weed control. In response to questions, Jeff and Fawn responded as follows: - Suggested that the ACT herbicide regimen was a larger dose than PLC would have used - If contracted for 2016: - PLC would treat with Reward in the spring for curlyleaf pondweed. - PLC would get permits for the maximum chemicals we might need, but may use less. - Fawn noted that Mamanasco Lake's Baystate Study (approx. 24 years ago) may have been out-of-date after 10 years. - The CT Agric. Dept. (Greg Bugbee) does lake studies for about $20 an acre. - Volunteer water monitors – agencies can train monitors - PLC can provide MLIF a management and monitoring contract in one week. - Drawdown - Fawn stated there is no scientific research indicating that a drawdown decreases invasive plants. It is useful for maintenance of the shoreline. Freezing does not kill algae. - When asked how PLC cleans their boat/trailer, they said they return it to the shop to pressure wash. - It was asked what we can do about the algae problem in the lake now - PLC said to improve the water clarity so that the natural plants can rebound.


President's Report:: The President asked that the Board approve payment of an unplanned expense for extra water testing of $493 during the summer algae crisis. The motion passed.
Spillway Agreement: We are updating the spillway agreement now that the property where it is situate has new owners. The owners want at least 24 hour notice before MLIF members enter their property. The agreement covers their liability and ours. The agreement was approved subject to any changes recommended by the owners' counsel and to which MLIF also agrees. Proposed New Board Members: – Jason Geane and Dean Williams were voted in as new members of the MLIF Board of Directors as of November 5, 2015.

Committee Reports:
Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): An MLIF Board member visited the Third Lane stream construction site a couple of times and reported that the gabions looked fine, the company was doing a clean job and has good silt fences. They were asked to move piles of loose stones in the streambed before the approaching storms. The company estimated they would be finished by mid-October.

Drawdown: The pros and cons of a two-foot fall drawdown were discussed. We have a standing permit from the State for a two-foot drawdown. A motion was approved to start a two-foot drawdown beginning in mid-October.

Newsletter: We will wait to send a newsletter out until a new management company is in place.

Lake Management: Discussion was had whether we would replace ACT as our lake management company. It was noted that Pond and Lake Connection (PLC) has been recommended by Pierrepont Lake, and they are a local company Newtown). We also have on the table a proposal from Mark June-Wells to perform a thorough study of our lake. Mark's contract requirement would be that we not treat the lake for one year so that he could get solid information on the state of our lake. The Board thoroughly discussed these issues. One suggestion was that we could put the lake study on hold for one year and let PLC help us with the lake next year. Then we can see how the lake fares recouping, hopefully, from the green algae problem and make a decision on the thorough lake study next fall. We will wait to get a proposal from PLC before we vote.









September 3, 2015 Board Meeting

President's Report:: Our intended speaker for the meeting, Mark June-Wells, was in MA and unable to make it to this meeting. June-Wells, PhD. is an independent lake consultant and NALMS Certified. We are considering hiring him solely for his expertise; he would not be selling or performing lake treatments. The President's understanding is that he would assess the condition of the lake and present solutions for the future. We will ask him to attend a special meeting in one or two weeks on either a Thursday or a Monday evening. It was noted that the owner at 90 Mamanasco Road has applied for a noise variance for 10/24/15. Milo Dalbey, former longtime board member, passed away August 30, 2015. He will be greatly missed.


Committee Reports:
Fundraising: The second fundraising letter will go out tomorrow to those residents in the watershed who have not already made a contribution to MLIF this year..

Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): The town received two bids for the Third Lane Stream restoration project. The bid for the full project was awarded to True Blue Environmental. The project began the week of August 31. We will oversee the work. An adjacent property owner to the stream and work area is also keeping an eye on the work.

Lake Management: The President reported on the state of the lake. It was noted that Mamanasco Lake is experiencing a serious blue-green algae bloom containing cyanobacteria which can be harmful to pets and humans. Water tests for blue-green algae have shown levels of cyanobacteria ranging from 60,000 to 80,000 cells/mL depending on the species present. The World Health Organization (WHO) advisory level for relative probability of acute health effects at the moderate level is 10-20 (ug/l) of Microcystin and total cyanobacteria of 20,000-100,000 cells/mL or 70,000 of any type. The CT state guideline for cyanobacteria is over 100,000 cells/ml. Two new water samples were taken on August 19. The report from Northeast Labs, Inc. showed total cyanobacteria levels in these samples of 95,000 cells/ml and 150,000 cells/ml. Representatives from MLIF met with the Ridgefield First Selectman and the Town Director of Public Health on 8/26 to discuss the blue-green algae issue and understand who is responsible for lake health warnings or lake closure. A plan was agreed upon to put warning signs at the beach club, State boat launch and Richardson Park. The signs will come down when we have two test results, one week apart, that show cyanobacteria results of less than 100,000. It was decided to try test strip kits that were used in Putnam Lake, NY that measure the toxicity of the microcystis bacteria. Three tests were done with the strips and the results have oddly all been the same, questioning the reliability of these test strip kits. A Secchi disk test done in one place on the lake showed water clarity of about 3 inches.

Drawdown and Spillway: The spillway tarp will be pulled down a bit to minimally lower the water level. We will ask the consultant at the next meeting if a drawdown of two feet is advisable this fall.

Newsletter: We will send out a newsletter this fall.

Grants: It was noted that Connecticut has $150,000 available this year for grants related to invasive species on lakes.








August 4, 2015 Board Meeting

Committee Reports:
Fundraising: The second fundraising letter will be sent at the beginning of September to those watershed residents who have not contributed yet this year.

Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): The Town received two bids for the Third Lane Stream restoration project. It was awarded to True Blue Environmental in the amount of $139,000 for the full project. The Town Engineer does not yet have a timeline for the project although it is expected to begin this fall and be completed by winter. The work will begin at the bottom of the stream and progress up the streambed. The question of roadside plantings being saved came up. It was noted that once the timeline is determined, we can discuss specific issues with the Town Engineer and the contractor.

Spillway: The tarp has been pulled up at the spillway before treatments.

Lake Management: Aquatic Control Technologies (ACT) has informed us that we have a serious blue-green algae bloom in the lake that contains cyanobacteria that can be harmful to pets and humans. Although the lake was treated with the algaecide recommended by ACT, the condition was not corrected. Email blasts were sent to those watershed residents who share their emails with MLIF. Signs were posted at the Beach Club, the State boat ramp warning of health issues of cyaobacteria. The Town Health Dept. was informed of the issue, requesting the Inspector's advice. Ridgefield's First Selectman was informed of the issue. The MLIF Facebook page was updated with the warning and the Hamlet Hub had a post about the problem. The water was tested in various spots on various days. We reached out to The Pond Connection in Newtown for any advice they may have that would be helpful. Testing will continue. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends two successive samples (1-2 weeks apart) be below safe threshold levels before lifting any advisory. This lake issue prompted many questions and concerns at the meeting. Both long-term solutions (reduction of phosphorus into the lake, leaking septic fields, etc.) were addressed, as well as short-term solutions (algaecide treatments, lowering lake in the fall for cleanout, etc.). It was noted that some towns in CT have an ordinance regarding no fertilizer use in specific zones. A lakeside homeowner expressed unhappiness with the lake condition and said he would be willing to work with MLIF to inform watershed homeowners about the phosphorus/fertilizer issue. Another asked if lowering the lake in the fall would help because some people clean out their area of the lake when it is lowered. Another concern expressed was that people are getting fishing permits from Town Hall but not given any information about the health issue associated with cyanobacteria in the lake. MLIF will contact the State regarding the blue-green algae issue. The Board felt this was advisable. It was explained that lakes all over CT and NY are experiencing severe blue-green algae blooms.



Old Business:
2014 Anne S. Richardson Grant: The end-of-project report was submitted to the Richardson Fund at the end of May. Thirty tons of material were pulled from the lake. The project is completed. Three lakeside owners hired AquaCleanerCT privately to clear areas near their homes.
Phosphorus Testing Pre/Post Storm: Nutrient barriers were discussed. It was noted that they are expensive and need maintenance.
Free Soil Testing: MLIF made use of the free soil testing program run by the State. There were 8-10 watershed residents who had one or more samples tested and received information on the condition of their soil.


New Business:
Social Media: It was reported that our Facebook page has many "Likes." Our Facebook page and website have been linked.

Planning & Zoning: Mark Zeck, an MLIF Director, was asked to fill us in on his news. Mark has decided to run for a slot on the Town Planning and Zoning Board. He explained his background of 8 years on the Zoning Board of Appeals, 6 years as Chair in Derby, CT. He is an attorney with a specialty in land use.

University Involvement: It was suggested that we try to get university science depts. (UConn, WestConn, Norwalk CC, etc.) and their students to take an interest in the lake. Students would be able to learn and help us with water testing and other field study projects.






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June 4, 2015 Board Meeting

Committee Reports:
Fundraising: The spring fundraising letter has been sent.

Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): The town received two bids for the Third Lane Stream restoration project. The bid will be awarded July 1. The work is expected to begin in early August. The bids came in higher than the amount in the town’s special account for this project. The town will have the company do as much of the work as possible given the budget shortfall. The work will begin at the bottom of the stream and progress up the streambed.

Lake Management: The lake was treated for aquatic weeds on 5/26/15. Aquatic Control Technologies (ACT) was contacted regarding the propeller motor used in the latest aquatic weed treatment. In the past, ACT has used a fan boat. The propeller motor has chopped our young growth of Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) into small pieces. The huge amount of EWM shreds could be seen from the lakeside. This is a major problem because EWM spreads by cuttings. For almost 20 years, limnologists have repeatedly documented the infestation of our lake with EWM. ACT claimed we do not have any EWM. We are in disagreement with their opinion.

Egg Addling: Fourteen eggs were addled this year. There are six goslings on the lake from two different families.

Drawdown and Spillway: The tarp was lowered a bit because the lake was very high.

Old Business:
2014 Anne S. Richardson Grant: The end-of-project report was submitted to the Richardson Fund at the end of May. A copy of that report was distributed at the meeting. Aquacleaner will finish the project about June 12. The material removed from the lake is being composted by an local farmer.

Phosphorus Testing Pre/Post Storm: Water samples will be collected.

New Business:
Free Soil Testing: A free soil testing program run by the state will help inform people what treatments are needed (or not needed) on their lawns. The collection bins have been collected and the soil samples will be sent to New Haven.

Lake Clean-up This Summer: The Board discussed how to encourage homeowners to clean up the lake by their homes. The lake has a plethora of old docks, pieces of docks, branches, and other detritus that ought to be removed from the lake as well as algae, aquatic weeds and decomposing biomass. The Board considered placing a small dumpster at the state boat ramp area but concern was expressed that people will dump other materials/trash at MLIF’s expense. It was noted that there are dumpster bags that function similarly to the large metal dumpsters but are flexible and then picked up by a trash company. These have no lid.






April 30, 2015 Board Meeting

President's Report:: Some MLIF members attended a meeting at the Ridgefield Library with Toni Boucher and John Frey regarding the state budget and cuts to the DEEP. The town’s yearly meeting to approve smaller capital items to the Budget will be Monday, April 4, 7:30 p.m. The money for the Third Lane stream project is usually presented for approval to the Budget at this meeting.


Committee Reports:
Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): The Third Lane Stream restoration project has gone out to bid.

Lake Management: If Aquatic Control Technologies (ACT) doesn’t receive the lake treatment permit, we will need to follow up with the state.

Egg Addling: The state DEEP contacted our egg addlers regarding some addled swan eggs near the beach. We have never addled swan eggs - only goose eggs. Watershed families should be aware that they cannot destroy swan eggs or nests.

Drawdown: We are not planning a spring drawdown.

Spillway: The tarp is in good shape and doing its job.

Newsletter: The Spring newsletter was mailed. We will plan a Fall newsletter and include the fundraising letter to save postage.



Old Business:
2014 Anne S. Richardson Grant: Aquacleaner is ordering a new type of collection bag and will restart harvesting at the northwest end of the lake in early May. We will measure progress by the area cleared, not the amount removed. They will be mainly working to remove algae and the extensive algae mats in that area.

Annual Meeting: The “State of the Lake” annual meeting was successful. One idea that came out that meeting is to test for phosphorus in the lake before and after heavy rains. This data would help us determine if we need nutrient/siltation barriers at the outlet of major streams flowing into the lake. We could test at the stream that flows into the lake by the southeast part of the lake. We will do some initial testing for pre/post storm phosphorus.


New Business:
Free Soil Testing: There is a free soil testing program run by the state that will help inform people what treatments are needed (or not needed) on their lawns. The state DEEP runs the program. We will need several drop-off sites around the lake and the samples need to be driven to New Haven. We will send out an email blast regarding the details of this project.

Social Media: Facebook can have a “closed group.” We can use our Facebook site to advertise the Soil Testing program.

Grandview Drive Issue MLIF plans to look into the Grandview Drive issue of heavily silted runoff which is draining down to Old Sib, then down to the lake, thus creating an infill of silt into the lake.




March 19, 2015
"State of the Lake" Annual Meeting

President's Report:: The Board members were introduced and each cited the areas of work they handle for the organization. Appreciation for the non-Board members who have contributed to the well-being of the lake was acknowledged. It was noted in the State of the Lake Report that growth of aquatic weeds were generally in check and the water clarity good. Filamentous algae is a major problem in the lake and we have hired Aquacleaner to remove it from the northwest end of the lake.


Recap of 2014:
* In 2014 MLIF received a grant of $30,000 from the Anne S. Richardson Fund to remove algae mats and vegetative growth from the northwest end of the lake. We received approvals for the project from the Conservation Commission and the Inland Wetlands Board in early October. The project began in early November and was suspended in early December due to the cold weather. The work will begin again in the Spring when the lake warms up.

* The Stormwater Drainage Project at the Third Lane Stream is finally moving ahead. We received approval from the Army Corps of Engineers last summer after waiting over two years. The town has taken over the project and we are expecting half the project to be completed this summer.

* Three MLIF board members attended the June 14 NALMS conference in Storrs CT to keep abreast of best practices for dealing with a fragile lake.

* In June, MLIF hosted Larry Marsicano, head of the Candlewood Lake Authority and President of the CT Federation of Lakes, who spoke to an interested audience about lake management and fragile lake issues.


Nominating Committee: The Nominating Committee, consisting of one Board member and two non-Board watershed residents, presented a proposed slate of officers and directors. The slate of officers and directors for 2015 as presented was unanimously approved. Our new Board member, Mark Zeck, was welcomed. Outgoing Board member, Joe Moorhead was thanked for his years of service to MLIF. Joe will continue to assist with egg addling.

MLIF 2015 Officers and Directors: Barb Hartman, President Mimi Dalbey, Vice President Kitty Fischer, Secretary Rosemary Hawkins Sposito, Treasurer Mike Austin, Director Bernie Cassidy, Director Barbara Cmiel, Director Margie Collora, Director Nancy Jacobowitz, Director Tessa Jucaite, Director Jeff McAllister, Director Mark Zeck, Director

Plans for 2015:
* Filamentous algae project
* Free soil testing from the state DEEP to reduce nutrient flow into lake
* Encouraging lakeside residents to clean the lake near their homes
* Continue to look at grant opportunities

Questions: Asked of the attendees if there were any questions, comments or suggestions, an attendee wanted to know the timing of lake treatments. In answer, it was noted that we prefer to treat the lake in early May. However, Brad Robinson of the DEEP is retiring this year and, therefore, permits may be late.

Guest Speaker: Mark Amler of Aquacleaner CT was introduced. Aquacleaner is doing the work on the northwest end of the lake. Mark distributed packets of information and made his presentation using Power Point slides. Mark explained the difference between Diver-Assisted-Hydraulic-Dredging which vacuums out organic sediment and Suction Harvesting in which a diver hand pulls plants and feeds algae, small debris and dead vegetative matter into a suction hose. The latter is the process being used in Mamanasco Lake. A few points stressed by Mark: If each homeowner would work to clean his/her own area yearly, the beneficial impact on the lake would be large. He noted that we must never allow individuals to rake/blow leaves or wood into the lake. If you see wood or other detritus in the lake, take it out. Phosphorus is the main problem nutrient as it fosters aquatic plant growth. Reducing the inflow pf phosphorus would be a major factor in reducing excess plant growth. A septic system inspection program would also help reduce nutrients that are finding their way into the lake from older leaking leach fields.






February 5, 2015 Board Meeting

President's Report:: Brad Robinson of the DEEP (who is retiring) was the speaker at a lake environmental meeting in Greenwich recently. Among the points of interest in his presentation was that the best way to control invasive weeds in a lake is with chemicals, but one of the problems is that copper settles to the bottom of a lake. Currently there is no remedy for this issue. Also, that mayflies and snails help control milfoil. He warned that backlogs may occur with the issuance of permits this year.


Committee Reports:
Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): For a better understanding of the condition of the project site, Selectwoman Maureen Kozlark walked the site of the Third Lane stream.

Lake Management: We emailed Aquatic Control Technologies (ACT) encouraging them to file early for our lake treatment permits because of the shortage of staff at the DEEP.

Egg Addling: We have applied for this year's goose egg addling permit.

Old Business:
Anne S. Richardson Grant: Aquacleaner Environmental (AE) will restart suction harvesting in late March or early April depending on the weather. We will measure progress by the area cleared, not the amount removed. They will mainly be working to remove algae. Mark Amler has agreed to speak at the Annual Meeting.

New Business:
Annual Meeting: The "State of the Lake" annual meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 19 at 8:00 p.m. at the CVS Community Room, if available. We will publicize the meeting with postcards sent to the watershed residents and by an email blast. Mark Amler will give a presentation.

Social Media: Further discussion was held about Facebook and how you can have a "closed group." We are looking into setting it up for MLIF and who will monitor it.

Free Soil Testing: A free soil testing program run by the state will help inform people what treatments are needed (or not needed) on their lawns. Greg Bugbee at the state DEEP runs the program. We will look into what the process entrails. We will need drop-off sites around the lake.


January 8, 2015 Board Meeting

President's Report:: An MLIF request for a $10,000 FY2016 Town of Ridgefield Community Grant was submitted in December. It was noted that Candlewood Lake will begin a $50,000 program to attack their aquatic weed problem with sterile carp in 2015.


Committee Reports:
Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): (in edit)

Lake Management: The 2015 Aquatic Control Technologies (ACT) contract was approved at the November meeting on the stipulation that we receive ACT’s 2014 year-end report. The year-end report was subsequently received. It was noted that ACT merged with Lycott (our previous lake management company) a year ago. The Spillway – It was reported that the spillway is functioning well and that the tarp is in good shape.

Old Business:
Anne S. Richardson Grant: The suction harvesting project was revised so that we will not be using the huge de-watering bags. Aquacleaner Environmental (AE) will do suction harvesting instead. The work actually began on October 24, ended first week of December, and will continue again in the Spring. Questions arose as to measuring results and yardage removed. This will all be monitored. In mid-December the 30 yard dumpster had been completely filled and removed.

New Business:
Annual Meeting: The date in March has not been decided yet. It will be posted in the Ridgefield Press.

Social Media: Discussion was held about the advantages of social media to broaden the reach of our communication. For example, what ways we can use social media to inform the community of our “State of the Lake” annual meeting. How we can also use social media with photos to let people actual see what’s happening on the lake. Facebook was suggested as a tool that can be used to gain more interest and involvement in the lake. The question is how will we manage it and how do we control the message? The administrator of our Facebook page would be able to monitor the content and postings. A plan will be worked on for discussion at our next meeting.

Free Soil Testing: The State is offering a free soil testing program this April to analyze what is needed or not needed to maintain your lawn. We will research what the protocol for the samples are and report at the next meeting.






November 6, 2014 Board Meeting

Committee Reports:
Fundraising: The last fundraising letter of the year will be sent out this month to those residents in the watershed who have not already contributed this year to MLIF. The Fall Newsletter will be included in the mailing. Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): The Third Lane Stream restoration bids came in very high. A meeting was held with Town officials in October to discuss the path forward. References for the low bidder will be checked. One option is to do a portion of the project this year and complete it next year. As of November 3, all the references for the low bidder had not responded so we could not move forward.

Lake Management: Aquatic Control Technologies (ACT) is proposing the same treatments for 2015 with a slight cost ncrease. The 2015 contract was approved contingent upon us receiving ACT's 2014 year-end report per our contract with them.

Spillway/Drawdown: We will not do a drawdown this year because we need water for the suction dredging project.

Old Business:
Anne S. Richardson Grant: The project has been revised so that we will not be using the huge de-watering bags. Aquacleaner Environmental will do suction harvesting instead. The work actually began on October 24 and may take another six weeks. The revised project will enable a much larger area of the lake to be cleaned.

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October 2, 2014 Board Meeting

President's Report:: It was noted that there was another tree down and in the lake from property on Pond Road.


Committee Reports:
Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): The bids for Third Lane Stream Restoration Project are in but may have come in quite high. We are awaiting word from the Town on this development.

Lake Management: Overall, the lake looked good this summer.

Spillway/Drawdown: We will not do a drawdown this year because we need water for the suction dredging project.

Newsletter: A newsletter is planned for October.


Old Business:
Anne S. Richardson Grant: In reviewing our application for removal of decayed vegetative matter, wood and debris from the northwest portion of the lake, the Conservation Commission walked the site and gave its approval at their August 25 meeting. At their 9/2 meeting the I/W Board accepted the application gave its approval at the end of the 9/23 Public Hearing. We have subsequently been working on the contract wording.

New Business:
Social Media: The use of Social Media (SM) to express who we (MLIF) are and what we do was discussed.. Watershed residents might be interested also to see photos of seasons on the lake, the blue heron, etc. We will explore these concepts at the next meeting.



September 4, 2014 Board Meeting

Committee Reports:
Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): The Third Lane Stream Restoration Project application has been approved by the Army Corps of Engineers. The project has gone out to bid.

Lake Management: The lake has a great deal of algae. Where there is no algae, the water is very clear.

Newsletter: A newsletter is scheduled to go out in October.


Old Business:
2014 Anne S. Richardson Grant: The Inland Wetlands application for the removal of decayed vegetative matter, wood and debris from the northwest portion of the lake was submitted in mid-August. We have received positive feedback on the project. The Conservation Commission walked the site and gave its approval at their August 25 meeting. At their 9/2 meeting the I/W Board accepted the application and then set a Public Hearing date, possibly 9/23. Discussion was held with the Highway Dept. regarding the 4” flexible hose that will go through the culvert under the road and snake through the catch basins on the other side of the road.

New Business:
It was noted that adding large areas of impervious surface (blacktop, stone-work driveways) in the watershed driveways and play areas causes increased flow of water toward and into the lake, often damaging roadside lawns/plantings, undermining the road and causing chunks of asphalt and dirt flowing toward and into the lake.



July 24, 2014 Special Board Meeting

Special Board Meeting: The purpose of the meeting was to determine what amount MLIF was going to supplement the Richardson Fund grant for the northwest end of the lake project. MLIF received a grant from the Richardson Fund for this project. We needed to know our financial limit for this project before we could move forward. Other decisions on the project needed to be made so the Inland Wetlands application could be completed by mid-August. The concept is for the Inland Wetland Board to consider and, hopefully, approve the application in September and have the work done in October.
The two approaches to removing the dead organic matter from the lake were discussed: using large machines and suction dredging/harvesting. Information included positives and difficulties with each method. It was decided that we would make a contribution from our contingency fund to supplement the Richardson Grant for the removal of dead organic matter from the lake.





July 3, 2014 Board Meeting

President's Report:: Rainbow Lake is attempting to become a taxing district. A 2/3 vote is needed.


Committee Reports:
Fundraising: The next fundraising letter will go out the first week of August.

Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): The Third Lane Stream restoration project is moving along although at a slower pace than desired. We have not yet received the Army Corps of Engineers approval of our application.

Lake Management: An algae treatment is scheduled for Monday, June 30.

Spillway/Drawdown: The tarp at the spillway was pulled up in anticipation of the upcoming the algae treatment.


Old Business:
Anne S. Richardson Grant: In anticipation of receiving at least a portion of our Richardson Fund grant request, MLIF has been meeting with Betty Brosius, Beth Peyser and representatives from suction dredging companies in preparation for writing the application for Inland Wetlands to approve the project. Information was presented about a new method being considered, suction dredging.

Guest Speaker at June 5 Board Meeting: Larry Marsicano, Executive Director of the Candlewood Lake Authority and President of the CT Federation of Lakes spoke to the Board and 14 guests at our June 5 meeting. He was a very effective speaker and imparted a great deal of relevant information. Guests from other town lakes attended and said after the meeting they wanted to get together to share ideas. It was felt it was to our benefit to meet with representatives of the other lakes.

Lakes Conference at UConn Storrs: Some MLIF members attended a session of the New England Chapter of the North American Lakes Management Society conference held at UConn in Storrs. The program included full group and small group sessions. Varied sessions were attended by each to glean the most information.

Financial Participation in Richardson Grant Project The topic of how much MLIF would financially support the Richardson Grant was discussed. A need to understand the Board’s financial intention was requested as the implementation of the project was being pursued. Some felt that we didn’t have enough information to make a decision yet. After much discussion, it was decided we needed more information about the definitive cost of the project before deciding on the amount of funds MLIF would allocate to the project. Once all the necessary information is gathered, we will call a Special Board Meeting to review all the facts and vote.







June 5, 2014 Board Meeting

Guest Speaker:: Our guest speaker was welcomed and introduced - We were very fortunate to have Larry Marsicano, Executive Director of the Candlewood Lake Authority and President of the CT Federation of Lakes agree to share his knowledge from his vast experience with lake issues. Among the attendees were the MLIF Board members, Mamanasco Lake watershed residents, as well as interested watershed residents from other Ridgefield lakes.

Topics:
Aquatic Invasive Plant Management: Mr. Marsicano explained that Eurasain WaterMilfoil (EWM) is extensive on Candlewood Lake, encompassing up to 500 acres. Deep water drawdowns from December to March every other year worked until the lake 90s. He noted that at/after a depth of 15 feet there are few or no weeds. Lakes such as Mamanasco have less success with drawdowns because of being shallow. Deep drawdowns are not species specific. Helpful plants as well as invasive ones are affected, including animal life. Annual deep drawdowns are not the most beneficial. Candlewood is looking for other alternatives to the deep drawdowns. Mr. Marsicano suggested that we invite Dave Zuang from lake Waubeeka to speak.

Triploid Grass Carp: Candlewood is considering using grass carp. Many lakes in Connecticut are using carp. They seem to do well in smaller water bodies.

Zebra Mussels: Zebra mussels need a high level of calcium to survive. The use of lime on lawns increases calcium in the lake so it should not be used. We should know the level of alkalinity in our water and elements such as calcium, manganese and sodium. If the Ph level is 6.5 or higher, zebra mussels cannot survive.

Blue-Green Algae: Blue-green algae produces cyanobacteria found in floating algae blooms. In high concentrations this can harm pets and, rarely, people. Warm temperatures, a high nutrient load and still-water foster the blue-green algae growth.

Economic Issues: If a lake is not well managed and the lake becomes no longer usable for swimming and boating, the market value of shoreline and watershed properties can decline anywhere from 30-35%. Using these figures can help increase town participation in lake management because decline in property values is tied to the amount of town income from property taxes.

Legislative Action: A new Connecticut law has allocated a total $200,000 for municipal grants to lakes. DEEP is now making a plan on how this money will be used and what the application process will be.

Thank You: Larry was thanked for sharing his time and wealth of knowledge with us.







May 1, 2014 Board Meeting

President's Report:: A downed siltation fence at the construction site at the top of Twelfth Lane was fixed by the builder. This prevents land run-off into the lake.


Committee Reports:
Fundraising: Fundraising letters this year will go out in June, August and November. Once a watershed resident makes a contribution for the year, they will receive no further fundraising requests for the year.

Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): The Army Corps of Engineers has not yet approved our application for the Third Lane Stream project. Progress is being made with different agencies weighing in on the application.

Lake Management: Aquatic Control Technologies (ACT) did a survey on the condition of the lake but we have not yet received their report. The CT DEEP was contacted about our treatment permit. The permit was delayed because of the change in chemicals being used this year and we are just waiting on the approval from the Inland Fisheries Division. The lake will be lowered before the treatment.

Goose Egg Addling: Twelve goose eggs were addled, three nests on Rock Island with eight eggs and one nest on Grass Island with four eggs.


Old Business:
Anne S. Richardson Grant: We have used all of our 2013-14 $5,000 Richardson Grant. The downed tree by the siphon pipes was removed today, May 1. The end-of-grant report will be submitted to the Richardson Fund by May 31.


New Business:
Guest Speaker at June 5 Board Meeting: Marsicano, Executive Director of the Candlewood Lake Authority and President of the CT Federation of Lakes, will be speaking at our June meeting about fragile lakes and watershed issues.

Lakes Conference at UConn Storrs: "Green Ideas for Blue Lakes" conference will be held June 13 and 14 at UConn Storrs. Anyone interested is urged to go.

Social Media: Pinterest, Twitter and other social media will be a topic of discussion at our July meeting to help MLIF encourage watershed residents to become more informed, interested and involved in the "life" of Lake Mamanasco.







April 3, 2014 Board Meeting

President's Report:: Larry Marsicano of the Candlewood Lake Authority (CLA) will be speaking at our June 5 meeting at 7:30 p.m. He will discuss environmental problems the CLA have encountered at Candlewood Lake and their surrounding watershed, as well as remedies they have tried and resources they have turned to for help. The location of the meeting will be posted on our website when determined.

Committee Reports:
Fundraising: A few donations have been received even before our first fundraising letter has been sent out.

Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): We have had no recent news on the status of the Third Lane Stream Project.

Communications: A spring newsletter is expected to go out in mid April.

Lake Management: The 2014 Aquatic Control Technologies (ACT) contract was signed with the changes we requested. If we receive the permit for 2014 next week as expected, treatment should begin in early May.

Spillway: The condition of the tarp at the spillway will be checked.

Old Business:
Anne S. Richardson Grant: We have applied to the Richardson Fund for a new grant to remove a significant amount of dead organic matter from the north end of the lake. We will not receive a reply to our grant request until mid-July. Inland Wetlands approval will be worked on prior to knowing the actual result of the grant application in order to avoid delay of work being done in the fall if and when we receive grant approval.







March 6, 2014 - 42nd Annual Meeting

Committee Reports:
Fundraising: Total fundraising for 2013 was considerably less than contributions in 2012. A sub-committee will look at new ideas for fundraising.

Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): The project has been repeatedly held up by a number of factors. A meeting was held in December to update Rudy Marconi on the Third Lane Stream Project and ask for his help. A second meeting was held on January that included our project engineer, John McCoy, and a number of important decisions were made and a timeline constructed to move forward. A revised permit application was sent to the Army Corps of Engineers on 2/3/14.

Lake Management: We used the lake management company Aquatic Control Technologies (ACT) in 2013, and we have contracted with them again for 2014. We will work with ACT to get ahead of the algae in 2014. ACT’s report on the invasive plant Eurasian Water Milfoil shows fewer plants in 2013 than in previous years. Unfortunately the aquatic weed Slenderleaf Pondweed increased its presence in the lake in 2013. We will begin in March with frequent communications to ACT to ensure that we receive the necessary permits from the state to begin lake herbicide treatments at the most effective time.

Spillway and Lake Drawdown: The two-week fall drawdown lowered the lake by 22” - 24.” The lake stayed down from approximately 11/15/13 - 1/6/14 and, with the very cold weather during this time, we expect some aquatic weed die-off. The spillway appears to remain the same and the MLIF-installed “tarp” has held and appears in good shape. We will know more once the lake thaws.

Lake Protection Zone: The oil spill on Old Sib Road near a contributing stream to the lake was caught and handled very quickly and very little, if any, damage was done to the lake. Approvals for the Padre Pio School expansion was followed carefully by MLIF as their property has significant lakefront footage. The expansion was approved through Planning and Zoning and the Inland Wetlands Board with modifications thought to protect the lake.

Goose Egg Addling: Goose eggs were addled in the early spring to reduce the goose population on the lake.

Anne S. Richardson Grant: We received a $5,000 Richardson grant to remove organic matter from the lake. In late 2013, a contractor with workers was hired to remove organic matter from the northern end of the lake. A 3’ area by the shoreline was cleared but the muck was too deep to manually do any more. The organic matter is 4-5 feet deep in that area of the lake. In lieu of that effort, the grant funding allowed us to bring in a 30-yard dumpster fort lakeside owners to deposit their dead organic matter during fall clean-up. Flyers were distributed to all the lakeside homeowners explaining the program and the availability of the dumpster. The dumpster was completely filled with lake debris and organic matter and removed. For 2014, we have applied for a larger grant which would enable us to hire a company with the necessary heavy equipment to remove the accumulated organic matter from a much larger area of the lake. We will know in July if our grant application, or some portion of it, has been approved.

Nominating Committee: A Nominating Committee with one Board member and two non-Board members (watershed residents) proposed and presented the slate of officers and directors for 2014. A motion to approve the slate of officers and directors for 2014 as presented by the Nominating Committee was moved and seconded. Hearing no discussion the motion was unanimously approved. A new Board member, Bernie Cassidy, was welcomed.

MLIF 2014 Officers and Directors:
Barb Hartman, President Mimi Dalbey, Vice President Kitty Fischer, Secretary Rosemary Hawkins Sposito, Treasurer Mike Austin, Director Bernie Cassidy, Director Barbara Cmiel, Director Margie Collora, Director Nancy Jacobowitz, Director, Tessa Jucaite, Director Jeff McAllister, Director Joe Moorhead, Director
New Business:
Larry Marsicano, head of the Candlewood Lake Authority, has agreed to speak at our June or July meeting. We will publicize the date, time and place to the watershed residents.




January 9, 2014 Board Meeting

President's Report:: The annual request letter for a Community Grant from the town of Ridgefield was sent to Rudy Marconi. We requested $12,000 for the FY2015 Community Grant.

Committee Reports:
Fundraising: Even though we received donations during November and December in response to our last fundraising letter, the year-end fundraising total for 2013 reflected a shortfall to budget.

Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): Representatives from MLIF met with Town officials requesting their input and assistance with the Third Lane Stream Project that is presently at a standstill. A subsequent meeting was held which included our project engineer, John McCoy,. A number of important decisions were made and a timeline constructed to move the project forward.

Lake Management: We received the proposed 2014 contract from Aquatic Control Technologies (ACT). Timely approval is needed so that ACT can apply for our treatment permits early in the year as the permit process has a drawn-out approval time. Suggested corrections and additions to the contract were noted. The proposed contract for 2014 was approved by the Board contingent on the inclusion of our specific corrections and additions.

Drawdown: The three-week drawdown (10/15-11/15) lowered the lake by 22-24 inches. The lake stayed below full for approximately another seven weeks. This week is the first time since the drawdown started that the water is coming over the spillway again, so the lake is now back to full. We had a great deal of cold weather during that span of time so, hopefully, it resulted in some aquatic weed die-off.

Old Business:
Anne S. Richardson Grant: Workers were hired and a 3' area in the west end of the lake was cleared, but that was all that could be done because the muck was too deep to work in. The organic matter is 4-5' deep in that area of the lake. In lieu of the failed attempt on that project, the Grant afforded us the option of renting a 30-yard dumpster so that lakeside homeowners could remove the lake's dead organic matter in front of their property and deposit it in the dumpster. Lakeside homeowners were informed of the project and its purpose.







November 7, 2013 Board Meeting

Committee Reports:
Fundraising: The third fundraising letter of the year will be mailed at the beginning of December to those watershed residents who have yet to contribute this year.

Stormwater Drainage Project (SDP): We were informed by the Ridgefield Town Engineer that in order to proceed with this project the Army Corp of Engineers is requesting that MLIF either have a new set of plans drawn up or we will have to obtain a different category of permits for the project.

Lake Management: We are waiting to receive Aquatic Control Technologies' (ACT) end-of-the-year report on the 2013 lake treatments and their proposed contract for 2014. We are going to invite a representative from ACT to our January meeting to answer any questions the Board members may have.

Spillway/Drawdown: The drawdown was started October 25. It will continue until the water is 1 1/2 feet lower. The town Tree Warden does not think the drawdown will affect the trees on the shoreline of the lake.

Old Business:
Dredging/Removal of Shoreline Build-up: A meeting was held with Betty Brosius, Ridgefield Inland Wetlands Agent, on the subject of possibly dredging/removing waste from the north end shoreline of the lake. We were informed that no dredging is permitted except during August and September so as to not disturb animal activity. We will contact the local contractor with whom we originally discussed the dredging plan for any other alternatives.

St. Pius X School Expansion: A second P&Z public hearing was held in October regarding the building of the school. MLIF again expressed our concern at the meeting with regard to stormwater runoff into the lake and what measures were being taken to prevent an increase from the level presently reaching the lake. The major concern to MLIF is related to the catch basin outflow that will flow into the stream and then into the lake. A third P&Z public hearing is scheduled for December 3 as a follow-up report by their engineers was submitted too late for review at the meeting.

New Business:
State Grants: No response was received from the State regarding the possibility of a grant to clear out the build-up of lake bottom near the ramp area at the State boat launch.






October 3, 2013 Board Meeting

President's Report:: A large number of trees were recently clear-cut from a lakefront property. Ridgefield's Town Enforcement Officer requested the owner of the property to spread out the wood chips they had piled up around the base of the remaining trees to prevent d

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