The 2014 Winter newsletter is out

There are herring to be counted and Schwarm scholarships to be applied for.  There’s an update on the Cape-wide wastewater planning initiative (which comes with a reading list), and and a piece (with pictures!) on the snowy owl invasion.  Read it here: 2014 Winter Newsletter.

This season’s newsletter also includes a letter from board president Alex Frazee asking all of us to renew our memberships and consider making an additional donation to support the many ways in which the IPA helps safeguard our ponds.

The Fall 2013 Newsletter is out

Read about the algae bloom in Hamblin Pond, how the new FEMA flood zones might (or might not) affect you, and which owls you might see here on the Cape.  And, if you’ve ever considered getting more involved with the IPA, read departing board member Lew Solomon’s piece on what he’s learned over the course of his six-year tenure.

Holly Hobart’s article on the life cycle of kettle ponds (the kind our ponds are) explains how they’re formed and why, in a few hundred thousand years, we might have to rename our organization “The Indian Forests Association.”  (The bibliography Holly refers to is here: Primary Succession Bibliography.)

As always, you can read the newsletter online, and you’ll find previous issues in the archives.

The Summer 2013 Newsletter is out

There’s good news — excellent water clarity in our ponds, a bang-up year for herring, and an appearance by a rufous-necked wood rail (okay, it’s in New Mexico, but Dave Reid explains why it’s relevant).  There’s also bad news, in the form of hydrilla, which has spread from Mystic Lake to Middle Pond.  And there’s a write-up of the annual meeting, in case you couldn’t make it.  All this, and more, in the 2013 Summer Newsletter.

In Hydrilla news

Efforts continue to control Hydrilla in Mystic Lake:

Six IPA Members attended the June 11 Barnstable Conservation Commission Meeting in support of several items on the agenda that pertain to controlling Hydrilla in Mystic Lake. As a result, the Commission unanimously supported the Conservation Division’s request to continue the use of physical means (hand-pulling, benthic barrier, and suction harvesting) for controlling Hydrilla in Mystic Lake. A second related request for a rapid response initiative to permit the use of such physical means to control pioneer infestations of invasive aquatic weeds, such as Hydrilla and Fanwort, in any other Barnstable water body was also unanimously approved. This means that if any such plants are found in Middle Pond or Hamblin Pond, the IPA can immediately take action without waiting for additional approvals. Rapid response is extremely important to successfully control these invasives.

A ruling on the Notice of Intent for the proposed use of the US EPA and state-approved herbicide Aquathol K for management of Hydrilla in a small section of Mystic Lake, where it has become impractical to remediate with physical means, was continued until the June 25 Conservation Commission Meeting. The Commission is in support of the project, but must wait for Natural Heritage to comment.

IPA Hydrilla control cited in North American Lake Management Society newsletter:

The IPA experience developed at remediating the Hydrilla in Mystic Lake over the past three years has drawn the attention of the New England Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society, as reported in their NEC/NALMS Spring 2013 Newsletter. All the IPA volunteers who have worked on this effort should be proud of the fact that we have been able to contain its explosive growth potential to the degree that it has never topped out on the surface, as it has in almost all other known Hydrilla infestations.

The Winter Newsletter is out

It’s got the latest on the IPA’s continuing Hydrilla eradication efforts, a call for herring counters and scholarship applicants, and, in the Science section, an excellent explanation of bird coloration.  You can read it right here, and it will be in the archive for future reference.

Winter is also time to renew memberships, and board president Alex Frazee included a letter (which you can also read here) in the newsletter to explain why all of our continuing memberships and donations are so important.  Take a moment to renew, and keep your support coming.

IPA VP Bob Nichols shares hydrilla management strategies

IPA Vice President Bob Nichols, who spends more time in our ponds than any creature without gills, made a presentation on the discovery of Hydrilla in Mystic Lake and the remediation efforts of the IPA at the annual meeting of the New England Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society, held at UNH on June 8-9.

Although it’s very unfortunate that hydrilla, an aggressive invasive species, ended up in Mystic Lake, we hope that the IPA’s strategies for fighting it, which Bob was integral in developing, prove useful to other people and organizations.

Bob’s presentation is posted here.