The problem with our lake over the last few decades has been a rapid increase in weed growth. The weeds affect the quality of boating and swimming pleasure for both young and old.
The technical name for this problem is eutrophication, the death of many lakes. Eutrophication is the steady build-up of decaying plant and animal organisms on the lake floor which accelerate the growth of plant life.
Since human habitation in the lake watershed has caused the problem, we must cooperate with nature to slow down this fatal process.
What We Have Done
Since that time we have worked with countless state agencies and companies to accomplish our goals. The Clean Lakes Act of 1984 enabled us to receive a grant to contract for the Hydro Rake to remove our shoreline weeds at a cost of $18,000, of which $4,500 was paid for by the members.
In 1985, a committee was headed by Thomas Guilmet to apply for a state grant to purchase a weed harvester and dump truck. Eurasian Milfoil weed was growing in full swing. They were successful in getting the grant and were able to purchase the equipment for $118,000, of which $29,500 came from the lake association members.
It was decided, at that point, to pursue chemical weed control. We continue to use this method to this date. The lake is monitored by Solitude Lake Management and treatment is adjusted year-to-year and area-to-area. This, in combination with the use of the hydro rake in the spring, has proven to be very successful.
Nutrients causing excessive plant growth also come from overuse of lawn fertilizer, faulty septic systems, and animal waste. We must continue an educational program on proper septic systems, yard care, pets, waterfowl, runoff and household products.
Wyman Lake Association Inc.
PO Box 40
Westminster, MA 01473