December 29, 2016
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Sharing this note from David Sachs, TLPOA President, about results from some testing and lake plans for next summer. More to come in regular updates:
Truesdale Lake Update – 2016-12-29
Greetings and Happy Hanukah and Merry Christmas to you all. I hope that you are having ample time to spend with friends and family and food this week and..
I wanted to provide you all with a quick update about Truesdale Lake and plans for this coming summer – even though there is currently a lot of ice on the lake.
First of all, the copper study that was mandated by NYS DEC has been completed by Pond and Lake Connection. They took 26 samples from the lake bottom… (more at link to website) Continue reading
October 28, 2016
Sharing this note from David Sachs, TLPOA President, about the past summer and preliminary plans for next summer. More to come
As of 2016-10-24
Good day to you all on this brisk and beautiful October afternoon. I wanted to bring you up to date about Truesdale Lake – some information about this past summer and then more information about plans for Summer 2017.
First of all, this past summer was one of the most challenging and frustrating in memory. Permits to treat the lake were not granted by the DEC until mid-July – and that was only after we begged and pleaded and cajoled them to approve them. DEC had changed their permitting process – and they did so late last spring – and then it all fell apart after that.
When we were able to treat, we did so – but by mid-July that means that you are treating for algae, since weed treating is normally done in the April time frame. Some people said that the water quality was good – which it was in some parts of the lake – but the south end of the lake clearly was not good – with weeds and algae everywhere. Frustration levels were (and probably are) high.
For the first time ever, we tried some weed harvesting – in late July, when it became clear that the TEA beach was unusable. Weed harvesting can be helpful, but many have said that it is a lot like mowing your lawn in the middle of the summer; it looks good for a week or so, and then it must be done again. Weed harvesting seems to be a lot like that, at least during the summer, when weeds and algae are actively growing.
(more of the letter is online in on the lake website…)
September 28, 2016
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If you have ever wondered whether certain plants in Truesdale Lake are invasive, this free PDF booklet will tell you. We have a couple of species shown in the book, but fortunately not many.
The book is a project of Michigan State University. It has a substantial listing of plants from in, above, and around lakes. Even though it was written with Michigan lakes in mind, the possible invasive species are the same ones that can be found around the Northeast.
Thanks to the New York State Federation of Lake Associations for making us aware of this fantastic free lake resource.
Available for Download at link.
And please don’t forget to get boat stickers (http://truesdalelake.com/boats/boat-sticker/) for your boats — it helps to keep the invasive plant and animal species out of the lake by keeping boats local.
September 12, 2016
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We have good news: Earth Care (formerly Kaiser-Battistone, both are now part of Wind River Environmental) is offering a discount on septic pumping and maintenance to Truesdale Lake area residents. Cost for pumping tanks 1,000 gallons or smaller is $280.00 (regular cost is $320.00) with an additional environmental disposal fee and a digging fee. I have attached their Truesdale Lake letter to this article.
Westchester County law REQUIRES septic systems be pumped at a minimum every 5 years. Septic pumping companies in Westchester have been required to report their pumping activities to the county since 2011. Starting in May 2016 if you have not pumped your septic in the last 5 years, you will be fined starting at $200 and increasing from there.
Most households need pumping done more frequently than every 5 years. Recommendations are at least every 2-3 years to maintain an optimal working septic system. This is dependent on the number in the household and the size of the septic tank. Many lake area septics are smaller capacity and need more frequent pumping — some as much as once a year.
A septic system is not something you want failing at your house. It is very expensive ($10-20,000 and up) to rebuild a failed septic system, especially with limited acres to place a new field.
They also included a brochure for septic systems that has helpful information on septic systems. Contact name and number for Earth Care is Angela Warren at 800-428-6166 ext. 101.
If you have a question about septic systems and the law in Westchester County, call Patty Tornello-Adams at (914) 864-7360. Continue reading
September 9, 2016
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Solitude Lake Management came to inspect and treat the lake Thursday, September 1st, 2016. They were able to do only a partial treatment due to lake conditions. Excerpt of report below:
“Water column heavy with unicellular algae. Elodea throughout the lake. Less filamentous algae along shorelines than previous visit. South end of lake looks very bad as topped out Elodea and dead filamentous algae are causing stagnant water. Unable to treat this area.” Continue reading
August 24, 2016
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Solitude Lake Management came on Thursday August 18th to inspect, test, and treat the lake. Since the conditions were favorable (good dissolved oxygen levels), the algae treatment was performed. From the report (also attached): Inspected Lake: Observed elodea, lilies, unicellular … Continue reading
August 22, 2016
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“Who Will Take The Tankards?” – The sign at the end of Spring Street near St John’s Church has popped up again! What does it mean?
It means the Church Tavern Biathlon is ready for its 6th year! The 7 mile biking portion of the course circles Lake Truesdale in a counter-clockwise manner (up Truesdale Lake Drive, over the dam, down Lake Shore Drive via Bouton). The run portion follows a shorter 4 mile course where runners catch a glimpse of the lake at the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Spring Street.
The South Salem Church Tavern Biathlon, is hosted by St. John’s Church and will take place on Labor Day, September 5th at 9:30am. The biathlon is returning for its sixth year in 2016.
Post race there is food, entertainment, and a kids waterslide at St. John’s Church on Spring Street.
Forward to friends who might be interested!
[full article and photos at link] Continue reading
August 4, 2016
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Solitude came to the lake and did a survey and algae treatment today. Photo at link – Updated to include Report image and text. Continue reading
July 30, 2016
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Truesdale Lake was treated with Copper Sulfate for algae control on 7/21/16.
From the report:
7/21/16 Treatment and Survey of Lake Truesdale
“Observed elodea, white lilies, and duckweed along with floating filamentous algae and unicellular algae. Princeton hydro is working hard with harvester on tracks. I applied copper sulfate to the entire shoreline for floating filamentous algae. There are dense patches of elodea scattered around the shoreline where there are dense matts of FFA colonizing on it. Fragments of elodea floating on the surface of the entire lake. Water is turning green.”
See image of report summary at website via link.
July 25, 2016
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A late afternoon thundershower chased the harvester back to dry land as quickly as the treads could drive it across the lake. See photo attached. Fortunately better weather is in the forecast for tomorrow. Continue reading