Trout stocking for opening of 2018 fishing season. The lake was stocked with trout on Saturday April 7 and, as a result, the lake will be closed to fishing until opening day on April 14.
Today, March 24, 2018, the WLPOA Board rejected an offer from the Conservancy to pay up to $50,000 if the association did not use herbicides this year. The vote was 3 to 2.
http://paulhaberstroh.com/the-21st-century-classroom/2015-10-08-09-27-29/ Opening Day and Trout Stocking Announcement
Spring is officially here and it’s time to start thinking about Opening Day of the 2018
fishing season. This year Opening Day falls on Saturday, April 14th. In preparation for
Opening Day, the WLPOA will be stocking the lake with trout on April 7th. If conditions
allow, we plan to stock the fish at three different access points around the lake to
provide additional opportunities for shore-bound anglers. To allow the fish time to
acclimate, the lake will be closed to fishing between the stocking date (April 7) and
opening day. You can start fishing for these fish at 6:00 AM on April 14th. Come out
and enjoy a long-standing Connecticut tradition with us. Following the morning fishing
activities, members of the Fishing Committee will be gathering for a pot-luck barbeque
starting around 11:30 AM. Please stop by, share some fish stories and bring some food
or drink to share.
A second trout stocking is scheduled to occur over the weekend of April 27th. Similar to
the first stocking, trout will be distributed at three different access points around the
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The Fish Committee is pleased to announce the inaugural spring tagged-trout fishing
contest. Three larger trout will be tagged by the hatchery and stocked during April 7th
stocking event. The contest rules are as follows:
Pay the $20 entrance fee to be eligible for the cash prize. You must be preregistered
to be eligible to win.
The contest will run from 6:00 AM on April 14 until 12:00 PM on Sunday, June 3,
If you catch one of the tagged fish, you must take a cell phone or digital picture
clearly depicting yourself with the freshly caught fish. The picture must show the
tag and be date-stamped. Most cell phones automatically record the date when
the picture is taken so this should not be an issue.
If you plan to release the fish, please cut tag off where it enters the fish. Cut only
the tag and not the fish…. If you plan to keep the trout, you can simply pull the
tag out. Present the tag and the picture of the fish to the office to be registered
for the prize money.
Half of the monies collected for the entrance fee will be awarded as prize money
for anglers who successfully landed a tagged trout. The other half of the
entrance fee will go towards the Fish Committee budget, to be earmarked for
additional fish stocking. If only one tagged fish is landed, the angler will receive
the full half of the entrance fee total. If all three tagged fish are landed, half of the
entrance fee will be split between the anglers.
The prize money will be awarded to the winning anglers after the contest
concludes on June 3, 2018.
Please join us by participating in this inaugural event. The committee is hopeful this will
add some excitement to the spring trout fishing season. At a bare minimum, you are
making a donation to future fish stocking in the lake.
Annual Youth Fishing Derby – Saturday, May 19th
The Annual Youth Fishing Derby is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, May
19th. Similar to last year, we will be stocking trout at the boat ramp immediately prior to
the start of the derby. This provides derby participants with the opportunity to watch
and participate with the trout stocking and should increase success. There will also be
a demonstration on safe handling and release of the fish. The trout stocking will occur
between 8:00 and 8:30, with sign up and fishing to commence immediately following the
trout stocking. There will be prizes awarded for the first and biggest fish and hot dogs
and hamburgers will be served around noon. This is a great opportunity to introduce
children to the sport of fishing. We will have experienced anglers on hand to offer
advice or assistance when needed. Please come down and join us for some family fun.
On Saturday March 17th, fingerling walleye were stocked into the lake. The walleye
arrived in good condition and swam off to deep waters. The fingerling walleye ranged in
size from approximately 3 to 8 inches. The stocked walleye will grow quickly over the
next year and should provide angling success for years to come.
The Fishing Committee
ICE OUT .. Saturday morning the ice on the lake melted. The storm Friday blew the ice apart making the lake ready for fishing and boating. Start dreaming about the Summer.
THE WEED SURVEY WAS TABULATED AND THE OVERSHELMING MAJORITY OF MEMBERS VOTED TO ACCEPT THE PROPOSED WEED CONTROL PROGRAM. ON FEBRUARY 20, THE BOARD VOTED TO IMPLEMENT THE PLAN BY A 3 TO 2 VOTE.
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WE BELIEVE THE WEED PLAN IS BEING FORCED DOWN THE MEMBER’S THROATS. ANYTHING AS COMPLEX AS THIS REQUIRES MORE TIME TO UNDERSTAND ALL THE ISSUES, ESPECIALLY NEGATIVE IMPACTS TO THE LAKE ENVIRONMENT AND UPON PUBLIC HEALTH. THE PROCESS IS BEING UNDERMINED BY THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN CHEMICALS AND DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE LONGER TERM.
RICH CATCHES AN EVEN LARGER TIGER MUSKIE IN WOODRIDGE LAKE. THIS ONE MUST WEIGH OVER 40 LBS.
AS OF JANUARY 30, THE FISHERMEN ARE REPORTING AN ICE THICKNESS OF 8 INCHES. ALTHOUGH THIS IS THICK ENOUGH TO SUPPORT AN AUTO, WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE PRIOR WEEKEND IT WAS 15 INCHES THICK. THE SUN IS HEATING THE LAKE BOTTOM AND THE WATER MAKING THE ICE MELT. IT IS CONCEIVABLE THAT WE COULD HAVE ICE OUT WITHING TWO WEEKS.
THE BOARD HAS SENT A POLL TO MEMBERS ASKING WHETHER OR NOT MEMBERS APPROVE THE WEED PLAN DESIGNED BY KEN WAGNER. WE RECOMMEND A NO VOTE BECAUSE THIS PLAN RELIES ON HERBICIDES/CHEMICALS. THERE ARE BETTTER WAYS TO CONTROL WEEDS IN THE LAKE!! LET’S JOIN THE RESIDENTS OF QUASSEY AND CANDLEWOOD LAKES AND REJECT HERBICIDES!
ON SATURDAY, THE 13TH, THE FISH COMMITTEE OVERSAW THE STOCKING OF TROUT. THEY HAD TO BREAK A HOLE IN THE ICE AND HAND CARRY THE TROUT FROM THE TRUCK TO THE LAKE. SPECIAL THANKS TO ED DUTKA AND BOTH DON AND JEFF FOR HELPING. ALSO THANKS TO TODD FROM ROWLEDGE FARMS, MIKE KAPAREIKO, MICK KAPAREIKO, LARRY THOMS, DAVE PARILLO, AND HENRY MOORE.
WE RECOMMEND THAT WE ALL FIGHT TO STOP THE LAKE STEAM ROLLER! THE “PLAN” FOR WEED CONTROL IS BEING FORCED DOWN MEMBER’S THROATS WITHOUT APPROPRIATE DISCUSSION AND WITH OUT INFORMATION FROM TRUE EXPERTS IN THE FIELD. OUR RECOMMENDATION IS TO VOTE NO ON THE PLAN AND TAKE THIS NEXT SUMMER TO DEVELOP A REALISTIC PLAN. THE PLAN PROPOSED BY KEN WAGNER WILL DO SISGNIFICANT HARM TO WOODRIDGE LAKE.
CONGRATULATIONS TO RICH. HE CAUGHT THIS 30 LB MUSKIE. AFTER THE PICTURE, HE RETURNED IT TO THE LAKE.
BOARD MEETING TO DISCUSS PROPOSED WEED CONTROL PLAN RECOMMENDED BY KEN WAGNER. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 9 AM ON SATURDAY, JAN 13. WE RECOMMEND ALL ATTEND. THE PLAN THEY ARE CONSIDERING IS LISTED BELOW:
HERBIVORE PROGRAM WAS A SUCCESS. EVEN THOUGH THE HERBIVORE PROGRAM WAS CANCELLED, IT WAS WORKING! A graph provided by SOLITUDE shows the milfoil did not expand during the years the program was in effect. After the board took control of the weeds and used the harvester, milfoil started expanding rapidly. In our opinion, the board made a serious mistake.. to see the graph, please click on below:
We have just been told that SOlitude, the contractor, has withdrawn their request to obtain a permit to use herbicides in Tyler Lake. We will let you know more as we gather additional details. We should join with the other lakes which have recently rejected herbicide applications. These are: CANDLEWOOD, TAUNTON, QUASSEY, and many more. Across the country lake associations are switching to grass carp, milfoil weevils, and aeration to solve their weed issues in a way to produce better results with less harm to lake environments.
Our lake consultant, Ken Wagner, has submitted a plan to control weeds. This has been given to the WLPOA board for consideration. The board requests that members review the contents of this plan nd submit comments as soon as possible. The board expects to develop a long-term strategy based upon the Wagner plan.
The membership voted on whether the Board should consider the use of herbicides in the control of invasive weeds. The vote came in at 346 in favor, 50 opposed, and 7 with no opinion. As a result of this vote the Board passed a resolution to have Dr. Ken Wagner develop a plan which may include herbicides to control invasive weeds in 2018. Dr. Wagner’s plan will be reviewed by the Board and decisions on control strategies will be made in September.
The official statement on the survey is as follows:
At Saturday’s meeting, the Board announced the results of the member survey on the use of herbicides, as follows:
In favor of herbicides……………346
The Board will engage Ken Wagner, PhD and lake management expert, to review the current WLPOA Weed Control Plan using SOLitude’s lake sampling and invasive weed mapping data. Ken’s recommendations will focus on the treatment of curly leaf pondweed and Eurasian milfoil.
The Board expects this revised plan in mid-September and will distribute it to all community members. The recommendations will be discussed at the September Board meeting. After community input, the Board will develop a revised plan.
On July 11, 2015, the Board held a special meeting for the presentation of three working groups’ recommended solutions to the invasive weed problems. In August 2015, the Board conducted a member survey to assess members’ reactions to these recommended solutions. The 2015 survey results should be read in conjunction with the 2017 survey. CLICK HERE for the survey.
Richard Reis, President
For the Board
This spring there was an abundance of curly leaf pondweed in our lake. It is our belief that this specific invasive weed grew so rapidly because there was no specific plan to control this invasive. Curly leaf pondweed starts growing in the winter and surfaces in early spring. It naturally dies off in July and is then replaced by milfoil. This spring the curly leaf pondweed covered much of the shallower areas of the lake. When tree pollen was blown onto the lake (happens every year) the weeds and the pollen combined. This created a mess and many feared there was algae on the lake which was not the case.
On May 20, the Fish Committee and Youth Committee sponsored the Annual Fish Derby. The turnout was terrific and fun was had by all. Everyone who participated won a prize. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and sodas were provided. Congratulations to all who participated as well as to the volunteers.
CT DEEP meeting at WLPOA. Thursday, April 27, the CT DEEP will meet at Woodridge Lake to review the opportunity to stock the lake with Grass Carp. Grass Carp will control the growth of Curly Leaf Pondweed and Milfoil without the need for chemicals. Lets hope they will look favorably on this control methodology. As a follow up, the DEEP representative was highly impressed with our plan to introduce grass carp and said Deep would be open to our request if we were able to put together a plan to keep the grass carp from migrating downstream. We are in process of requesting funds for preliminary engineering work to develop the fencing to eliminating the downstream migration.
Fish stocking. During April we have had two fish stocking events. Both were focused on increasing the population of trout for summer fishing. Stocked were rainbows, brookies, and brown trout. There will be another stocking just prior to the youth fishing tournament.
Gypsophate is now being labeled as causing cancer. This is a herbicide/pesticide sold as RoundUp and had previously been considered safe. Now there are concerns that a USDA employee worked with the chemical manufacturer to modify the test results. This is a major reason why we need to be concerned about studies saying any herbicides/pesticides are safe. We also need to be concerned about what happens when various chemicals combine together in our water. There are no studies on this.
It is the time for yard clean ups. I hope we can all work together to make this a year free of pesticide and fertilizer applications on our lawns and gardens.
It is commonly known that over 50% of the nutrients that feed the weeds in our lake comes from our yards and gardens. Lets commit to not feeding the lake weeds as the Association is spending about $150,000 (your money) to control those weeds.
If we work together we should not see anymore of these signs:
Grass Carp Application
Board Member Henry Moore announced to the Fish Committee that the CT DEEP has agreed to meet with the WLPOA at Woodridge Lake to learn more about our application to stock Triplpoid Grass Carp to control weeks in our lake.
Tyler Lake will again apply to use pesticides/herbicides this year. We received this notice from the WLPOA. For all who oppose putting these harmful chemicals in our lake and subsequently into our water wells, we suggest you express your concerns. Among those we suggest you communicate your opposition to are:
- CT DEEP (Dept of Energy & Enviromental Protection), Rob Klee – Commissioner, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, Ct 06106, (860) 424-3000
- Robert Valentine, Selectman, Town of Goshen, 42A North Street, Goshen, Ct 06756, (860)-491-2308
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Five years without shoreline ice damage. The ice on the lake melted the last week in February. The good news is that there was no shoreline damage from the ice. Five years ago we started a practice of starting the refill of the lake during the first week in January. This practice has eliminated ice damage as expected.
Ken O’Hare, co-chairman of the Lake and Dam Committee, resigned.
During his tenure, the Curly Leaf Pondweed aggressively grew from a small patch to lake wide coverage. This was because there was no plan to deal with this weed and because the harvester was employed which resulted in spreading the turions (seed pods) all around. Milfoil also increased dramatically in the last two years because the harvester was used extensively which spread fragments of the weed around the lake.
Our hope is that new leadership will increase the hand pulling of weeds while focusing on the development of a long term and more nature friendly approach to weed control. Remember the old saying: You cannot fool Mother Nature.
The ice on the lake is thin. The last week in January one fisherman reported that it was only 3 inches thick. This is a result of the warm weather we have been experiencing.
The Fish Committee along with the Youth Committee had scheduled an Ice Safety and Fishing event. The first attempt was cancelled because of unsafe conditions as was a second. It does not look like they will try again this year. Too bad as this was a genuine effort to teach ice safety and to pass along information about the sport of ice fishing.
Tyler Lake has applied pesticides in an effort to control milfoil. The pesticide is Renovate. The application was subsidized by the Town of Goshen.
This pesticide will flow into Woodridge Lake.
Two WLPOA officials serve on the Goshen Weed Committee. Why did they not let the members of the WLPOA know of this application before it happened? One official is Richard Reis who is the WLPOA President. The other is Ken O’Hara who is the Co Chairman of the WLPOA Lake and Dam Committee. Should these officials continue in office since they do not seem to care about the health of WLPOA members?
A member is passing around a petition to utilize chemicals to poison the weeds in our lake. We are disappointed in this action as it will only result in another split in our community. Chemicals do not work effectively with curly leaf pondweed and this process is expensive and dangerous. We hope action will be rejected.
The Association has had two weed harvesting machines working in June. Unfortunately, they are cutting the curly leaf pondweed too late in the season which means the turions (seeds) will spread all over the lake as there are no nets or chase boats to pick up the fragments with turions. These turions will form new weeds next year. We predict a bigger problem next year.
Connecticut Legislature Votes Unanimously to Adopt Pollinator Protections- In a bipartisan victory for bees, last week the Connecticut House of Representatives unanimously (147-0) passed a wide-ranging bill aimed at protecting declining pollinator populations within the state from toxic neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides.
Woodridge Lake: Note that pesticides previously thought safe are now being declared as unsafe. It is our opinion that harmful chemicals should not be used in our lake.
Fish and Wildlife Service to Assess Harm from Glyphosate and Atrazine on Endangered Species- Under the terms of an agreement reached lasted month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will begin studying the effects of four commonly used herbicides on the health of 1,500 endangered species in the United States.
EPA Moves to Cancel Toxic Pesticide It Allowed without Complete Review, Manufacturer, Bayer, Reneges on Agreement to Take Product Off Market- After pesticide manufacturer Bayer CropScience would not voluntarily remove from the market the insecticide flubendiamide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally issued a Notice of Intent to Cancel the insecticide, citing its high toxicity to aquatic organisms.
The Clubhouse was seriously damaged due to a sprinkler pipe burst during the past deep freeze. The damage is significant to the building, the flooring, and equipment. To date, the WLPOA Board and Management are keeping member out of the facility. Through Management, they have made it clear that the Board is working on this and does not want help/input from the membership. they have hired contractors without letting the membership know the scope / nature of the contracts. Since they will be replacing furniture, carpets, painting, etc, shouldn’t they ask the input of members? Since we have several members who are involved in damage remediation work, shouldn’t we have them involved in ensuring the repairs will be in the best interest of the membership? Don’t we have a right to know the cost to the membership, the schedule for completion, etc.? In our opinion, the Board has been remiss!
On Saturday, February 26, the Board held an open meeting at the Goshen Town Hall just to discuss the status of the Clubhouse repairs and insurance coverage. It was clear at this meeting that the Board has taken full control of the repairs and is not open to member comments/suggestions. Why not have a committee of members with expertise in these types of repairs so that we know the WLPOA interests are met? Why not take advantage of these repairs to retrofit the fitness area? Why not consider replacing carpets with hardwood floors? Why not consider replacing rather than cleaning the great room furniture? It is time for being open and listening to the membership!
The lake ice is melting! The lake is now full. The snow cover on the ice has melted because of the rains. Now, the lake ice is exposed to the sun which is melting the ice. Soon, we should again see our lake free of ice. From what we can tell, there was no shoreline ice damage.
The WLPOA Board meeting scheduled for Saturday, January 9 (9AM) will now be open to the general membership. This is important as this is the organizational meeting at which the Board appoints committee heads and members of the various committees. This change to make the meeting open and in compliance with Connecticut law was requested by John Plummer. We ask all members to attend.
December 1, 2015
The EPA has denied the use of 2,4D, a herbicide previously deemed as safe. Earlier this year Health Canada banned the use of this chemical and a year ago World Health Organization (WHO) banned use in Europe. To learn more, please look in the category: Herbicides for Milfoil Control. This leads us to ask why we should risk using any chemical when the trend is that herbicides are first declared as safe until further research proves they are not safe.
November 20, 2015
We have added a new category, Connecticut Home Owner Association Laws, to help members understand their rights and to show what the Board cannot do in running this Association. These laws are to protect members from one political group overrunning others. We will continue to add to this category and put the Board on notice.
November 12, 2015
Lake Erie is suffering from the largest outbreak of Algea Blooms. The cause is fertilizer from farms coming into the lake from the excessive rains. At Woodridge Lake we have to make sure fertilizers are not applied to our properties. Fertilizers feed weeds in the lake as well as Algae.
To learn more about the issues at Lake Erie, please click below.
November 1, 2015
The CT DEEP has denied the initial request from the WLPOA to stock the lake with Grass Carp as a means to control milfoil. More research will be needed to re-file the application next year. We know the request by Tyler Lake has also been denied because of the protected plant life in the lake. The Tyler Lake group plans to appeal the decision.
We continue to see residents along Hyerdale Drive using pesticides (chemicals) as part of their yard maintenance program. We just saw two additional pesticide warning signs put up on yards warning that pesticides have been used. Overall, we found over 30 homeowners during the year using pesticides. We encourage homeowners not to use pesticides as they are a significant harm to the animal life in our lake, especially those species which keep our lake clean and free of weeds.
Note: on November 11, 2015, this sign was seen posted outside the home of a member of the Lake & Dam Committee. Our question: Does this individual care about the health of our lake?
October 4, 2015
CHLORINE DUMPED INTO LAKE BY WLPOA
After further investigation, we have learned that the swimming pool water dumped into Woodridge Lake by our Association had a high chlorine level. This is opposite of what we have been told by management. Our slogan is “A Lake Is Not A Swimming Pool”. Management must think differently by dumping gallons of Chlorine into our lake.
Lake And Dam Committee Meeting
Under significant pressure, a Lake And Dam Committee meeting has been called for Saturday, October 10. The agenda is significant. No details are available to members. Since this meeting is out of the normal meeting cycle, six days notice is short…. especially considering information needed to discuss the agenda items has not been provided.
October 1, 2015
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LAKE AND DAM COMMITTEE???
The Board cancelled the Lake and Dam Committee meetings. There were some rumors about a meeting Saturday, October 3. That is the date the meeting would be held as the schedule called for meetings the first Saturday of each month. I (John Plummer) called the office today to inquire about the meeting and was told one was not scheduled. Unfortunately, the Board is making decisions about our lake in closed executive sessions which we believe are against regulations and which is not good community management.
September 14, 2015
WLPOA BOARD ELECTIONS
We need a change in direction. We need to change direction from micromanagement and country club rules to an open and transparent servant leadership style. We find there are three contenders who match our philosophy. We not only recommend you vote, but we also request that you strongly consider Paul Biddleman, Greg Demiris, and Stu Grodin.
Woodridge Lake Member Survey on Lake Issues
Where are the results of this survey. Why is the Board keeping this information away from the members? Where is the transparency?
September 19 Budget Hearing.
After the fishing committee budget passed through the Finance Committee, it was cut significantly by the Board. Why? Why didn’t the Board question the Fish Committee before making a significant cut. This will be a focus by members at this Budget Hearing. Where is the transparency? How can we keep volunteers working when the Board makes such arbitrary cuts without reviewing the proposal and why didn’t the Board get back to these volunteers?
Swimming Pool Water Dumped Into Our Lake
Why did the Association Management dump swimming pool water in our lake without following CT DEEP regulations?
Lake Quassapaug has started using diver suction harvesting to control milfoil. They raised private monies to pay for this methodology as the community overwhelmingly rejected the use of herbicides (chemicals).
All WLPOA members are invited to a meeting at 9AM, Saturday, July 11. This meeting will be about the future for our lake and how invasive weeds will be managed. Since 2005, the Association has spent well over $500,000 on our lake. This meeting is to discuss which methodologies and how much money will be spent in future years. Three groups will make presentations. One will be by those recommending chemicals. Another will recommend using the mechanical harvester and diver hand harvesting. The third will recommend our current herbivore program. What ever decision is made will impact our future Association dues. It is important that all members turn out for this meeting. The impact on dues could be significant.
Paul Lord, our herbivore program consultant, visited our lake today to again check the status of herbivores and their impact upon milfoil. He said: “The milfoil has received significant damage from the herbivores!” This shows that the herbivore program is working!!
WHO (World Health Organization) officially declares 2,4D (herbicide) as “possibly cancerous”. This will lead to further restrictions on the use of this herbicide (toxic chemical) which is often used for the control of invasive aquatic weeds such as milfoil. This leads one to question those who might recommend this chemicals use at Woodridge Lake.
The Town of Goshen will hold a public meeting to announce the recommendations for means to control aquatic weeds in Dog Pond, Tyler Lake and West End Pond. These recommendations will be made by Dr. George Knoecklein, Lake Management Consultant, who has recommended the use of toxic chemicals at Bantam Lake, Lake Quassapaug, and Cream Hill Pond. The chemicals were applied in Bantam Lake and the negative effects are now being seen. The residents at Quassapaug soundly rejected the use of chemicals. Cream Hill Pond residents have not made a decision. We recommend all attend this meeting scheduled for 10AM at the Goshen Center School Cafeteria on Saturday, June 27. (Note: the WLPOA Board meeting will be at the same time. At this time, the Board will discuss the July 11 meeting at which the three work groups (Herbivores, Harvesting, and Chemicals) will present their findings and recommendations).
Follow-up to meeting: We attended the meeting. There was a large turnout. As expected, Dr. Knoecklein recommended herbicides (chemicals). We were very disappointed in his presentation and the conclusions he reached.
Candlewood Lake Grass Carp stocking to take place in June, 2015. The Grass Carp will be stocked at several points around the lake to ensure coverage of all bays and areas covered by invasive weeds. This is a joint effort between the Candlewood Lake Authority and the Connecticut DEEP. Through intense studies, the CT DEEP approved the use of Grass Carp because they believe these fish are the least harmful and most cost effective means of controlling invasive weeds. The CT DEEP first approved Grass Carp in Ball Pond and the results are quite impressive. The CT DEEP has since approved the stocking in another lake and now has several other lakes requesting permission to stock these fish.
May 26, 2015
Paul Lord, the leader of the Herbivore Milfoil Control Program, visited our lake on May 26, 2015. He came to evaluate the impact of the herbivores (bugs) on the growth of milfoil. It was clear from the samples he took that the herbivore program is working. The samples indicated that the bugs are eating the milfoil growth and leaving sick or dead plants. These results are right on target for the projections of the herbivore program. To see more, please visit the biological controls category in the table of contents.
THE SPRING ICE MELT. For two years in a row we have not had ice damage on the shoreline!!! There were many shoreline property owners who believed we needed drawdowns to protect the shoreline from ice damage. This has now been proven to be incorrect thinking. Keeping the lake at its normal level is the best way to reduce the possibility of shoreline damage.
FIRST 2015 FISH STOCKING…. 4PM AT CLUBHOUSE….THURSDAY, APRIL 9. GRILLED HOT DOGS SERVED.
April 5, 2015. Republican American article on how the residents and supporters of Lake Quassapaug are working together to support non-chemical means to control milfoil. Last year the residents overwhelmingly voted against the recommended toxic chemical approach. To view this article, please click below:
April 10 2015…. Two important events
1. This is the opening day for fishing for the 2015 season. Will the ice melt by then?????
2. In the Clubhouse..at 10AM a presentation by Guy Middleton from Upper Lake Saranac, NY, on their successful methods for controlling milfoil. This is a must see presentation for all who want to preserve our lake.
January 31, 2015
Bill Houle replaced as General Manager.
December 10, 2014
CT DEEP FUNDS STOCKING OF CANDLEWOOD LAKE WITH GRASS CARP, A NATURAL MEANS TO CONTROL MILFOIL AND CURLY LEAF PONDWEED.
It was just announced that the CT DEEP will provide a grant to Candlewood Lake to stock Grass Carp to control their invasive weeds. The lake has continuously tried deep drawdowns which have not been highly effective. They have alternated between 6 foot and 12 foot drawdowns.
The fact that the State has agreed to fund this program in 2015, it shows the support the DEEP is giving to the use of Grass Carp. We will keep our members informed of the progress of this project.
For more information we refer you to articles under the category: Grass Carp for Milfoil Control.
We posted an article from the NYTimes on the over pollution of our waters. This article is posted in the category “Herbicides for Milfoil Control” under the title Chemical overload. We recommend you review this article as it talks about our chemical safety rules being over 40 years old and that there is still no research on the various mixtures of chemicals and the impact these compounds may have on humans. This is important not only to Woodridge Lake members, but also those populations downstream (Waterbury).
A moose is on the loose in Woodridge Lake. A moose was sited on Saturday 27, 2014, on Dresden Circle West. We urge caution while driving.
PUBLIC HEALTH CANADA BANS THE USE OF NON-ORGANIC HERBICIDE 2,4-D FOR USE FOR AQUATIC WEED CONTROL. SEE CATEGORY “HERBICIDE FOR MILFOIL CONTROL” FOR DETAILS. 2,4-d IS KNOWN AS “RENOVATE” AND IS THE CHEMICAL MANY PLANNED TO USE AT WOODRIDGE LAKE. PUBLIC HEALTH CANDADA BANNED THE USE OF THIS CHEMICAL BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT FIND IT SAFE.
LAKE QUASSAPAUG CANCELS PLAN TO APPLY HERBICIDES FOR WEED CONTROL AFTER SIGNIFICANT RESIDENT OUTCRY! SEE CATEGORY “HERBICIDE FOR MILFOIL CONTROL” FOR DETAILS.
The Woodridge Lake Conservancy made a presentation to the membership on why toxic chemicals should not be used for weed control. We support their efforts and only disagree with opinions on the effects of lake drawdowns.
The Town of Goshen has hired Dr. George Knoecklein to manage weed control in Tyler Lake, West End Pond, and Dog Pond. We will need to be involved in the weed control decision -making in our Town as Dr. Knoecklein has recommended the application of non-organic chemicals in both Bantam Lake and Lake Quassapaug. At Lake Quassapaug, the residents prevailed and stopped the application of toxic chemicals.
JOHN PLUMMER, FORMER CHAIR OF L&D COMMITTEE REMOVED BY THE WLPOA BOARD AND REPLACED BY A BOARD MEMBER. JOHN PLUMMER FEELS THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO CHANGE THE COMMITTEE’S VOTE. LETTERS OF REPRIMAND HAVE BEEN SENT TO OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS. IT IS CLEAR THE LEADERSHIP DOES NOT WANT TO REVIEW FACTS AND RESEARCH. IT APPEARS THEY WANT TO USE PAST FAILED POLICIES WHICH HAVE HARMED THE ECOLOGY AND LED TO SIGNIFICANT FISH KILLS.
WLPOA BOARD FINALLY APPROVED CONTRACT WITH PAUL LORD/CUNY ON BIOLOGICAL MILFOIL CONTROL. WHY DID IT TAKE UNTIL AUGUST TO GET THE CONTRACT APPROVED? IS THIS A SIGN THE BOARD AND THE L & D COMMITTEE ARE TRYING TO SABATOGE THE PROGRAM THAT WAS SUPPORTED BY AN 8 TO 3 VOTE IN THE L & D COMMITTEE? RISK MANAGEMENT WAS USED AS A REASON FOR THE DELAY. ONE HAS TO ASK WHY RISK MANAGEMENT WAS AN ISSUE WHEN THIS WAS THE SAME CONTRACT SIGNED THE YEAR BEFORE AND RISK MANAGEMENT APPROVED IT?