Watershed Survey at Highland Lake May 19,2018

posted Feb 26, 2018, 5:54 AM by Joseph Bickard

Watershed Survey at Highland Lake

On May 19, 2018, the HLA will conduct a watershed survey on all properties located in the Highland Lake Watershed area. The reason for this survey is the need to determine if there are places in the watershed that are contributing non-point source pollution, the conduit for phosphorus, into Highland Lake. It is important to know that this survey is not for enforcement purposes. This is to inform and motivate all watershed residents to do their part in reducing phosphorus in HL.

You may have heard that phosphorus levels in HL have increased in recent years. Scientists believe that increased phosphorus is the primary driver of the recently observed picocyanobacteria bloom in our lake. While there may be other contributors to this bloom, it is absolutely mandatory that we, the watershed community get a handle on how to reduce phosphorus levels in HL. In order to do this, the water shed survey is a requisite first step.

A Steering Committee (that includes HLA board members and members of the community ), chaired by Kim White and Rosie Hartzler is focused on organizing the detailed implementation of this survey. Heather True, (CCSWCD), and John Maclaine, (DEP) will provide oversight of the survey.

Funding for the survey will be divided equally between the HLA, and the Towns of Windham and Falmouth.

In April, all residents in the Highland Lake Water shed (Windham and Falmouth) will receive a letter providing details about the survey.

Volunteers are needed for the day of the survey (see separate appeal for volunteers) . This is an excellent opportunity for you to engage for a day with the HLA, in learning more about how this watershed is contributing to phosphorus levels in the lake.

Following the survey, the Steering Committee will be preparing a report of its findings, which will become the focus of the Annual Meeting of the HLA in July, 2018.