Vol. II No. 23 12/1/2021
Notes from the Stockbridge Bowl Stewardship Commission (SBSC) November 19, Hybrid meeting
- Jamie Minacci, Chair
- Charlie Kenny, Board of Health via Zoom
- Roxanne McCaffrey, Select Board
- John Loiodice, Water and Sewer
- Mike Buffoni, Water Superintendent
- Michael Nathan, Stockbridge Bowl Association
- Gary Kleinerman, Harbor Master
- Jim Wilsz, Tri-Town Health
- October 15 minutes approved as written.
- Minacci introduced Stockbridge Watershed memorandum and asked if all had read it. Not all had. Minacci explained they want to work on a Lake Management Plan, and this is the basis for it. The memorandum contains the history of studies done on The Bowl from 1971 to date.
- Kenny encouraged all to read. Interesting, forms basis for next plan, and demonstrates that a management plan can also have negative consequences if not careful.
- Loiodice suggested everyone read the memorandum and then SBSC schedule a two-hour meeting to discuss it. Wilsz concurred and also asked for full studies as the memorandum only has summaries.
- McCaffrey wanted to focus on future.
- Denny Alsop wanted to look at The Bowl as a whole, meaning the body of water and the water shed (streams and estuaries that flow into the lake.) He wanted to better understand the geology and how water is collected into lake. Kenny said the lake had exceptionally hard water and wanted to know the source of the calcium.
- Nathan wanted an outline first — where do we want to go? What do we want to accomplish?
- Again, McCaffrey wanted to focus on a plan for future. She and Nathan met with Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP) and felt that is what they wanted: a plan for coordinating tasks and events? Do tasks overlap? For example, as White asked at joint meeting with Conservation Commission and Stockbridge Bowl Association, can we use herbicide and dredge at the same time; can we use herbicides and harvest at same time?
- Via Zoom, returning to Alsop's comments, Ron Brouker said he knew from where water entered the north and east sides of the lake. He suggested one contribution to health of lake would be all lake properties have sewers and none have septic systems.
- Nathan said dredging was mandatory before we lose the outlet, and it becomes wetlands. He said that dredging is removing the silt which is 95% biomass and has been building up for years.
- McCaffrey returned to the plan NHESP seemed to want: what we want to do and how those tasks and events interact.
- Buffoni took 37 water samples this month
- Kleinerman said there were 5900 boats on the lake this season
- Via Zoom, Kate Fletcher asked if DEP and NHESP work together and have same requirements
Rhododendron tricked by weird warm winter weather.