Forest Lake Association, Methuen
Aquatic Control Technology report:( see Weed Mitigation below) Note the following 3 items
1. "Total Kjeldal Nitrogen (TKN) values reported for Forest Lake were below the aforementioned threshold, however, elevated TKN levels were reported in the 7m sample. Elevated levels of TKN are anticipated in the hypoliminion and are the result of decomposition of organic material on the lake bottom."
2. "Phosphorus can enter an aquatic system in different ways; for example, phosphorus can be introduced into the waterbody from the watershed (the land area surrounding the lake that funnels rainwater to the lake) either from a specific source or from non-point origins. More comprehensive testing would need to be performed to better understand current phosphorus loading."
3. "High e. coli counts reported in the 7m sample indicate a fair amount of bacteria "trapped" in the bottom waters of the lake. Similar to the high TKN and phosphorous values reported for this sample, these results are fairly typical and are not cause for any immediate concern."
Aquatic Control Technology, Inc
Account #: 29-1000-0090-17610,Waterways Improve & Maint Exp
Amount: $ 3,000.00
Check # & Date:126209
Wednesday April 10th at 6:30 p.m at
Welcome to the Newly Elected Officers
President: Kevin Flatley
Vice-President: Lisa Wagner
Treasurer: Angela Kalivas
Secretary: Joyce Campagnone
NEW: Forest Lake Association-Methuen, Ma Facebook page
Keep Forest Lake Alive
Keep our lake safe and clean--Join now.
Dues are $10.00 per person/ year.(see By-Law #15)
Dues must be paid at the January meeting!
Join with us.
Please Read the Final Report by Aquatic Controls on the Health of the Lake
Please read the report dated October 23, 2012.
Remembrence for Friends of the Lake
Association Minutes and Bulletin
Methuen Rail Trail
March 21,2009, spent an hour or so with the group.
They are trying to bring this section of the Rail Trail to life.
Added a link to this group at the watershed links.
When you get a chance, check out the blog and click through the links.
Your support is needed to help make this trail part of an active outdoor environment for your health and well being.
2008 Environmental Bill Notes
Environmental Bond Bill 2008
Coalition for the Environmental Bond
Governor Patrick Signs Historic Investment Bill Targeting Energy and Environment
Massachusetts Municipal Association House and Senate OK environmental bond bill
Methuen Health Department
Board of Health Meeting Schedule 2012
Board of Health Meeting Schedule 2009
Board of Health Meeting Schedule 2010 Not Posted on City Site
Board of Health Meeting 8/26/2008 BROKEN LINK-City Notified.
Info:Fecal Coliform Bacteria Counts: What They Really Mean About Water Quality
Whitman Report;Chicago: Testing standards development with data
This 55-acre, relatively infertile natural great pond has a maximum depth of 28 feet and an average depth of 10 feet.
It is located about two and a half miles east of Methuen center.
Transparency is fair at seven feet, but aquatic vegetation is scarce except for scattered patches in the coves.
Development of the shoreline is moderate to heavy, with the exception of the northeastern end, bordered by town forest.
Public access is provided by a paved beach ramp located off a road through the town forest.
Parking space is limited and the ramp is best suited to car top boats and canoes.
Lycott Environmental, Inc 1988-89 Forest Lake studies
Spicket River Watershed
Poynter.org articleSale of lakefront land by Church to City of Methuen
News: Latest News on Proposed Legislation and Regulations.
New legislation introduced in 2009 to protect rivers by State Representative Frank Smizik (Brookline) in the proposed Sustainable Water Resources Act (Bill H 834).
The bill would mandate state adoption of “streamflow standards” in every Massachusetts watershed, which would include specific criteria for protecting fisheries, aquatic life and other “instream” uses such as recreation. The bill would also require the state Office of Dam Safety to consider dam removal as an option for dealing with unsafe dams (removal of obsolete dams is highly beneficial environmentally). Finally, it would authorize public water suppliers to implement “waterbanking,” under which they could charge a small fee for new and expanded service to be spent on measures that conserve water supplies or protect them from pollution. For more information on the bill see: Link.
Are you interested in seeing the Eastern Bluebird make a return to our Lake and it's environs.
Check out this link, provided by Mr. Ed Nied Jr, about bluebirds.
Attracting Eastern Bluebirds