Vol. II No. 16 8/15/2021
Notes from Conservation Committee (ConCom), August 10, Hybrid Meeting
- Ron Brouker, Chair
- Lisa Bozzuto
- Jay Rhind
- Jamie Minacci
- Patrick White, SB rep to ConCom
- Charlotte (Sally) Underwood-Miller, Secretary, via Zoom
- Roxanne McCaffrey
- Vote to approve minutes from Tuesday, July 27, as amended passed.
- Amendment: Bozzuto reminded everyone of her motion to enforce the Scenic Mountain Act and impose a fine (on who?) someone who had violated it by (cutting down trees?). Her motion passed unanimously at July 27 meeting and Rhind moved to accept minutes as amended.
- A number of agenda items were not considered because representatives were not present.
- Pat Kennelly, on behalf of SBA, was present to inform ConCom that SBA wished to change the Eurasian Milfoil test areas. Until approved she asked that the harvester avoid both approved and proposed test areas.
- Pat Kennelly asked for guidance re: procedure to meet DEP requirement that SBA meet w/Con Com and SB
- Although White began to speak, McCaffrey stepped in and outlined a procedure — Kennelly to arrange a joint meeting with SB and ConCom.
- Sally pointed out the meeting would have to be published at least 48 hours in advance per Open Meeting Law.
- A time-consuming process, Brouker pointed out that if this change has any impact on harvesting schedule (delay in harvesting) it is "on SBA". For example, to assure the path of the harvester is as agreed by DEP and Natural Heritage Endangered Species Program (NHESP) there is a programmed GPS with "map of areas to harvest and test areas to avoid. If the test areas are changed the GPS has to be changed
- Kennelly wanted to clarify that it should be a joint meeting? McCaffrey said yes. Kennelly wanted to clarify what she should bring? McCaffrey said proposed map and rationale for changing test areas.
- There were a number of questions: is SBA sure it is Eurasian and not Native Milfoil? Is SBA saying these limited areas are the only areas in lake with Eurasian Milfoil?
- White pointed out that Coote also found Water Chestnuts — another invasive — which should be hand-removed.
- White also wanted to thank Michael Nathan for once again volunteering to operate the harvester.
- Meeting adjourned
- Will there be enough milfoil In the proposed test areas?
- Will they ever be able to document the problem required for a whole-lake treatment?
Photo: Jay Rhind