Public Meeting Announcement
7:30 PM Thursday, June 4th, 2009
Selectmen's Meeting Room (2nd Floor front), Natick Town Hall
Application For Use of Aquatic Pesticides in North Pond of Lake Cochituate
Public hearing before the Natick Conservation Commission
How to manage the growth of Eurasian water milfoil and other invasive aquatic weeds in Lake Cochituate's Middle Pond? Trust the chemical proponents, heed the environmental warnings, or follow the Precautionary Principle? After years of disagreement, Framingham, Natick, Wayland and Mass. DCR agreed on a one-time spot treatment of chemicals in North Pond, followed by a non-chemical approach - and on a NO-chemicals approach in Middle Pond, whose water Natick drinks.
Mass. DCR has since opposed the second half of that plan. For further information, search on "LCmilfoil" or click here.
This Web page is a personal creation of A. Richard (Dick) Miller. Dick has amassed a lot of information on the lake and its history, the workings of government agencies on all levels, and on many effective methods of harnessing citizen volunteer capabilities to make a difference in lake quality and lake recreational management. Dick was a founding member of the Cochituate State Park Advisory Committee in 1988, has served as its Vice Chairman, and continues as a member and its historian. Through these functions and his other interests, Dick has amassed much information on the lake and its history, and a vision for the future.
A watershed is a drainage basin, that land which catches rainwater and drains it downhill into a certain body of standing or running water. It's the way to see a water system, and to understand which towns and land-use practices are affecting the water quality and quantity.
The Lake Cochituate Watershed -- which in turn is part of the Sudbury River Watershed, the SuAsCo (Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers) Watershed (a strange renaming of the Concord River Watershed), and the much larger, Merrimack River Watershed in New Hampshire and Massachusetts -- is 17 square miles in five Middlesex-County, Massachusetts towns. These towns are Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Sherborn and Wayland.
The surface area of Lake Cochituate is 625 acres in size, divided into three main ponds and two connector ponds. Fisk Pond (a major contributor of wanted water and unwanted nutrient) to its immediate south is physically connected but boats cannot travel through the Route 135 culvert. Dug Pond (with no direct surface connection) immediately south of that, and Dudley Pond to the immediate north of North Pond, are linked through groundwater; they once had reservoir connections underground, which later were sealed off.
The "eels" link above includes a map showing Lake Cochituate, but that map has major distortions. It shows a long, contorted lake and fails to identify the chain of separated ponds (a before, during and after demo of water pollution) which made Lake Cochituate (then Long Pond) the first American study area for limnology.
The same report also cites Dick's name incorrectly, as "A.D. Miller", obviously mistaking the nickname Dick for the proper Richard. It's difficult to notify the author, as no authorship is attributed to the report!
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