Construction of the all-important Clubhouse Rain Garden has commenced under the stewardship of the Greater Culver Lake Watershed Conservation Foundation and Eagle Scout candidate and Culver Lake resident, Tristan Caffrey. We’re calling all volunteers to come down tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday (Oct 17 and Oct 18) with shovels and rakes. We start mid-morning.
Rain gardens are critical environmental initiatives that capture water runoff before it enters the lake. We encourage all lake residents to explore rain gardens for their respective properties. They make a big difference in the quality of our body of water.
We would like to thank those of you who have made donations to the Foundation; Tristan for his above-and-beyond leadership; Art Pierson for his continued support in excavation and other areas of expertise; and all other volunteers.
Normanoch Association Inc.
As the lake lowers, members should aggressively manage the weeds in front of their property. The following are some suggestions of what can be done.
Pull weeds and remove both plant and root system. Remove weed fragments. Place them in a compost area away from the shoreline to dry and later be used as organic compost. A weed rake is specially useful. Do not leave removed weeds in the lake bed because they will germinate into weeds next year. Roots left in sediment will regrow next year.
After removal, and the shoreline is dry, till or scrape the sediment to expose the area to freezing temperatures to discourage germination and regrowth next spring.
If you have an existing blanket that’s been submerged, try to remove it and clean it before redeploying. As the water rises, wave action may displace the blanket. To prevent this from happening, weight the edges down with slabs of stone, tile, sand bags etc.
It is easier to install new weed blankets while the lake is down and the bottom exposed. It is also better for the creatures that live in the lake bottom (mussels, crayfish, snails, etc.). Most blankets are made of plastic and will float if not sufficiently weighted down. Sediment deposits on the blanket. This will require the blanket to be removed periodically every year or two. Blankets need to vent gas. Otherwise, they will become buoyant and rise to the surface. Woven blankets are good and will allow gases to escape. But plastic sheet blankets need to be punctured or slit every two-three feet. Be careful when placing blankets where propeller wash can disrupt them. Make sure they are well secured to the bottom. Restrict the area of permanent blankets to just the swim area. If we need to cut weeds with the harvester, we don’t want to snag your blanket.
USE OF DO-IT-YOURSELF HERBICIDE IS PROHIBITED.
It violates Normanoch Rules and State regulations so please don’t do it.
The Dam Project is approximately 90% complete. The remaining concrete work cannot be completed until warmer weather. The Lake is at normal water levers after the draw-down during fall 2013. Finances are in place to pay the entire bill for the Dam Repair in 2014.