A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature - Walden, Henry David Thoreau
Fall 2015 Newsletter
Read about the lake's birch trees, storm drains and much more in the Fall 2015 CLC Newsletter.
Welcome Board Member!
The Conservancy is happy to announce that Liane Hartnett has joined the Board of Directors. See full bio in Board of Directors section.
The CLC is in need of a volunteer who would like to participate in the stewardship of Crystal Lake by helping the organization effectively communicate to the public. Read more.
Village Day Festivities
Photo captures Robert Fizek, Schuyler Larrabee and Lisa Rosenfeld spreading the word about the CLC's activities at Village Day last year.
We'd like to thank Martha Lawler for sharing a poem created by her daughter and pre-school friends back in 2006 about their visit to the Lake:
A Visit to Crystal Lake
Walking to Crystal Lake holding hands
Friends side by side
The dock is in the water now
There's an ant near me
I like to rest on the grass
I hear the sound of an airplane
Birds tweeting and the train going by
We love our visit to Crystal Lake
Can we dip our toes in the water next time?
Poem by David A., Lucy G., Isabel L.,
Molly R., Ella S., Stevie S., Dante T., Talia H.
"Crystal Lake Memories" Blog
Please visit our "Memories" Blog and add your own fond memories of Crystal Lake
Do you like our logo? Take a look at the CLC merchandise now available for purchase.
The Crystal Lake Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization devoted to the preservation and protection of Crystal Lake for the benefit of the public. Our goal is to promote and support the unique natural beauty and recreational enjoyment of the Lake. Activities of the Conservancy involve increasing community awareness of issues related to the Lake, raising funds and promoting environmentally sustainable uses for the Lake and its surroundings through close collaboration with the City of Newton, the residents and other community volunteer efforts. See our mission for a full description.
PADDLES & PUMPKINS - An Afternoon of Fun and Information
Crystal Lake Bathhouse, Sunday October 4, 2015
20 Rogers Street, Newton Highlands
Cider*Strung Donuts Game*Pumpkin Decorating
We'd like to thank Newton Parks & Recreation, our sponsors and all of our volunteers for making Paddles and Pumpkins a fun and successful event. We'll see you in the spring!
PADDLES and PUMPKINS FLYER can be found here
Support Crystal Lake Conservancy’s efforts to keep Crystal Lake healthy
Sponsors: The Village Bank, Whole Foods, Dunkin Donuts, Shaws, Wegmans
*2015 * Legislative Support & Update on Lake Ave. Storm Drains
by Janice Bourque
Watershed storm water and rainwater are the only sources of water for Crystal Lake. This creates a great deal of pressure on Crystal Lake as all the runoff from the surrounding watershed and all of its pollutants and nutrients flow directly into the lake year round. There are over 1200 people PER DAY that use the bathhouse (not including swimming from the coves). The ages range from numerous children’s camp swim programs to the elderly who line the benches to escape the heat.
The Crystal Lake Conservancy has worked closely with the City to install phosphorus filters in 23 out of the approximately 40 catch basins. Only 23 filters were installed because they fitted within the existing structure of some of the storm drains. The remaining storm drains need a range of structural improvements in order to allow any filter/storm water interceptors to be fitted into the structures. Lake Ave, which was under reconstruction, is the main street that wraps around the majority of the Lake and
contains the key storm drains that receive the storm water before flowing into Crystal Lake. The CLC contacted the Department of Public Works in February 2015 to inquire and discuss the plans for the unfiltered storm drains on Lake Avenue. We felt strongly that the reconstruction of Lake Avenue was the perfect time for the additional storm drain to be addressed and the key drains fixed. Otherwise, once paved, the city would not open up the street for another five years and Crystal Lake will have five more years of unmanaged pollutants. CLC observed that both Jamaica Pond and Walden have suffered algae
and bacterial issues this year. Continue reading full article.
What Are These Signs in My Neighborhood?
Starting in June 2014, you may have noticed colorful new signs dotting the streets surrounding the lake. If you see a sign, this means that you are in the Crystal Lake watershed and that water drains to the lake from these areas either directly or via storm drains. These signs came about as a result of a collaborative effort between city officials including the Parks & Recreation department and the Crystal Lake Conservancy. The signs show activities to avoid when in the watershed so that Crystal Lake can continue to be a viable and beautiful natural resource in the coming years.
Photograph courtesy of Marcie Scudder. Click here for full gallery of Marcie Scudder's photographs taken
along the shores of Crystal Lake.
What Do the Rules Say About Swimming at Crystal Lake?
1924 Rules by the Parks & Recreation Commission, the 1929 Rules and Regulations from the Playground Commission and a 2004 Summary of the Rules are all listed under the "Lake History & Rules" tab
Green Decade Newton's 2013 Environmental Leadership Award
Crystal Lake Conservancy
P.O. Box 610038
Newton Highlands, MA 02461
The Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) organization