As a result of assistance from environmental scientists and our faithful volunteers, we have learned a great deal about pollution in the lake and have begun to research ways that we can minimize pollution that enters Crystal Lake from the storm drains. We need your help to continue our efforts! We are looking for volunteers to help with two major inititiatives: one is completion of a watershed survey for the surrounding neighborhood and the other is water testing in the lake. Please click on the Volunteer tab iand let us know what you are interested in.
During the Fall 2010, Lake Ave. resident David Putnam issued a $5,000 challenge grant to all supporters of the Crystal Lake Conservancy and their friends. Thanks to CLC supporters' generous contributions, we are happy to report that this challenge has been met! Using these funds, the CLC can begin water testing over the spring and summer, which will be a critical step toward identifying solutions for the continued health of the lake. This spring and summer we will also be conducting a ground survey of the watershed to assess storm water systems, fertilizer applications, pesticide uses, and any other land uses within the Crystal Lake Watershed that may potentially affect the water quality of Crystal Lake. The Crystal Lake Conservancy will then create an educational watershed management plan that will address such items as an improvement of land use practices such as fertilizer as well as storm water management as necessary to improve recharge, reduce suspended solids, and reduce any contaminates that may be flowing from non-point source basis into Crystal Lake. Even though the challenge has been met, we are are still in need of funds to continue this important work. Please consider donating (go to the DONATE button). Any level is greatly appreciated and is 100% tax deductible
Lake Ave. resident David Putnam has issued a $5,000 challenge grant to all supporters of the Crystal Lake Conservancy and their friends. The Crystal Lake Conservancy is in great need of additional money to buy water test kits for next spring and summer. In addition to the tests we performed this year, lake experts have recommended that we test for types of pollutants. Mr. Putnam will cover half the costs of additional testing if others will join the CLC Board to match the other half. Click on the "Donate Now" button at the top of the page.
This Event was Co-sponsored with the Newton League of Women Voters, Newton Conservators and the Newton Green Decade Coalition
The Crystal Lake Conservancy is engaged in a yearlong environmental study of Crystal Lake. At the Annual Forum, the public learned more about the health of Crystal Lake, the impact of activities within its watershed and the key issue of storm-water management. Below is announcement:
Keynote Speakers Larry Beals, Beals Associates
Topic: The Principles of Limnology and the Practice of Watershed Management and Its Application to Crystal Lake
Mr. Beals is the key consultant on the Crystal Lake Conservancy’s Environmental Study. Crystal Lake in Newton, MA is a relatively small pond with a discrete watershed that gradually has been experiencing declining water quality for many years. For the first time, a program was set up with the Crystal Lake Conservancy to systematically monitor the water quality throughout the spring, summer, and fall in an effort to gather empirical data and to define and document the existing water quality. The monitoring program began last fall and will continue into 2011. To understand the data in context, Mr. Beals will provide an overview of the Crystal Lake limnology and how the lake functions between “ice out” in the spring and when it freezes over again. With that understanding of the lake's dynamic system, he will examine the data that was collected and draw conclusions regarding the current water quality of the lake. He also will discuss the watershed surrounding the Lake and its impact on water quality. This initial lake study and watershed evaluation is the first step in a long-term effort to protect and improve the water quality. He will conclude with a look at what can be done in the future to achieve this goal.
Frederick Civian, Storm Water Coordinator, MassDEP Topic: The Fuss About Storm Water: What Is The Problem With Storm Water and What Can Be Done About It?
Mr. Civian will describe how storm water has become a polluting problem and what current and future actions federal, state and local agencies are taking and considering. Topics will include “point sources” and “nonpoint sources” of pollution; the role of impervious surfaces; total maximum daily loads; as well as practical regional, local and household solutions. The presentation will provide the environmental and policy contexts in which improvements to Crystal Lake may be considered
Lawrence Beals: Larry Beals is president of Beals Associates, Inc., an environmental consulting firm with offices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire providing professional service in land planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture, and land surveying. Mr. Beals has over thirty years of professional experience with a variety of projects throughout New England involved with the development and conservation of land and water resources. During that time, he has been involved in all technical aspects of projects including master planning, land evaluations, subsurface explorations, wetland mapping, watershed surveys, lake studies, hydro-geological assessments and environmental impact assessments. He has been actively involved in the design, permitting and implementation of many projects designed to protect and improve the environment. He has a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Soil Science. In addition to his consulting practice, Mr. Beals previously has worked with a regional watershed protection agency investigating the causes of declining water quality in a large watershed and implementing a variety of programs designed to provide long term protection of the lakes and improved water quality. Mr. Beals has taught land planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, appeared as an expert witness in numerous courts, and has presented more than one thousand projects to local, state, and federal regulators. He recently provided pro bono professional services for a non-profit organization as necessary to design, permit, and construct an innovative in-lake method to prevent chronic sedimentation that was occurring from storm water discharges.
Frederick Civian: Fred Civian is responsible for reducing pollution carried by storm water in Massachusetts. He has served the citizens of Massachusetts by developing and implementing a number of environmental programs, including rules for Small Quantity Generators, the vehicle emission inspection program, the transportation-related requirements of the Big Dig, and the Board of Registration of Licensed Site Professionals that established rules for expanded private oversight of hazardous waste site cleanups. Mr. Civian has worked as a land-use planner in inland and coastal California, applying state and local land use and environmental standards to proposed residential and commercial developments. He also played a key role writing legislation to establish the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency, a regional, popularly elected agency that manages water supplies in the northeastern Monterey Bay area. He currently lives in Dedham where he is actively involved in furthering Dedham’s protection of its waterways, promoting use of open space and implementing improvements to Dedham’s land use rules. Please visit our website and consider joining with us in this effort by becoming a member and volunteering at www.crystallakeconservancy.org.
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