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.
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.
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.
Find out how the town is helping with hydrilla mediation, who won this year’s Schwarm scholarships, and just how many herring made the trip through the herring run. IPA members will have gotten their print issue in the mail, and the the online version is available here and on our Newsletter Archive page: 2013 Spring Newsletter
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.
There’s an update on the hydrilla situation in Mystic Lake, an overview of the Cape Cod Pond and Lake Stewards (PALS) program, and information about the herring run, water clarity, and yet another invasive species making a play for our ponds.
2012 Fall Newsletter
The summer newsletter went out a couple weeks ago, with stories on the hydrilla problem in Mystic, a recap of this year’s annual meeting, and a profile of our new board President, Alex Frazee.
The summer issue, and all its predecessors, are available on the “Newsletter Archive” page.
2012 Summer Newsletter
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.
For those of you following last fall’s Mystic Lake alum treatment, spearheaded by the IPA, Ken Wagner’s final report is out and available:
Final Report of the Mystic alum treatment
(You can also find a link to it in the “More IPA Information” sidebar, and that link will remain long after this post has outlived its usefulness and disappeared.)
Three Bays Preservation would like to get the word out that they are in need of volunteers to help with the 2012 Herring Run Count at the Mill Pond and Middle Pond in Marstons Mills.
Volunteers would need to commit to counting for a 10 minute period as many times a day as they can. The count runs from 7:00am to 7:00pm,10 minutes each hour. You can do it once a day, once a week or as many times as you would like. The more counters they can round up, the less everyone else has to count. The warm winter weather seems to forecast that the herring will be arriving earlier than usual so that means soon! The run usually ends around the middle of May. Don’t worry if you’ve never done it before, they will train you and it’s really easy!
If you are currently a herring counter at either of these locations, or would like to be a new counter, please contact them at:
or send them an email at:
If you are currently a counter, please contact them as they are trying to rebuild their volunteer list.