What’s Happening At SDRA
SDRA ANNUAL MEETING
JUNE 27, 2014
GLOCESTER SENIOR CENTER
OPENING REMARKS – Ray Theriault
SECRETARY’S REPORT – Mary O’Keeffe
TREASURER’S REPORT – Toni Hayes
Lake Management Plan – Ray Theriault
o Drawdown – Judy Colaluca
o Chemicals – Ray Theriault
o Dam Spillway – Dave Morin
o Boat Ramp Inspections – Mary O’Keeffe
o Education – Carolyn Fortuna
o DEM Dam Violation – Ray Theriault
o Monti Milfoil Mat Project – Ray Theriault
O’Donnell Property – Judy Colaluca
Keech Pond – Sharon and Ernie Heon
Hydroelectric – Rico Colaluca
Fund Raising – Ray Theriault
Water Testing – Deb Silva
Website – Carolyn Fortuna
Sunshine – Carolyn Fortuna
Save the lakes – Judy Colaluca
Sand Dam Day – Ray Theriault
Nominations and Elections – Rico Colaluca
Please check with our Treasurer to insure you are paid up for dues.
DEM VIOLATION RECONCILED
Thanks to the efforts of many SDRA Members, SDRA received yesterday in the mail a discharge of the DEM Violation. I recorded the discharge ( $49.00) this morning at the Glocester Town Hall (i.e. 24 June 2014) and SDRA is clear of the violation. Future action requires SDRA pay attention to the upkeep of the Dam to avoid a recurrence of this violation. SDRA needs to maintain contact with the Town for assistance in the maintenance of the Dam. In particular this entails adding rip rap whenever possible and trash pick up when applicable. Also, everyone has to be vigilant in recognizing anything that could effect the structure of the dam such as rotting tree stumps, etc, and bring it to the attention of the Board. SDRA was very fortunate to have hired Bob Fairbanks, Fairbanks Engineering, to inspect and compile the report required by DEM. His professionalism and understanding of our situation is worthy of special mention. Overall we did very well. Thanks to all participants for a job well done. ---Ray Theriault--
Milfoil Mat Project, June 2014
As a management technique, milfoil mats offer a quick solution for small, dense beds of milfoil that are feeding fragments into a water body. When a mat is placed, it creates a dead zone in terms of plant life, eradicating the milfoil and other plants as the sun is blocked out. The successful implementation of a matting effort supplemented by a hand-pulling program can enable an organization to remove milfoil in any eradication phase.
An attempt to install a pilot milfoil mat occurred on Monday, June 23rd, 2014 with the help of half a dozen volunteers, their powered and non-motorized boats, and the gift of calm weather. Volunteers included Ralph, Cleo, John, Deb, Lauren, Dan, Art, Mary, Sam, Ashley, Rosey, Rico, Judy, Elaine, and Ray. This endeavor was a test to see if a specific area of the lake bottom when covered would stop the growth of milfoil in that area. Professional installation could have cost SDRA over $1000, but this community effort accrued only $103 in costs to the Association.
SDRA will continue to monitor the mat and investigate other cost-saving and effective milfoil deterrents. Thanks to everyone for your diligence and perseverance!