Truesdale Lake  

South Salem, New York

October 15, 2018
by rob
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Your Lake and You – Newsletter

From “Your Lake & You!” — the NALMS (North American Lake Management Society) newsletter (excerpt):

The purpose of this newsletter is to help you better understand the fascinating things that you may not know about your lake and to guide you on how you can use your power as an individual to make a positive impact. The lake that you know and love may look like it is just a body of water that is fun to explore and enjoy, but it is actually a complex system made up of many different parts, both living and non-living. It is important for your lake to have responsible citizens like you to look out for it.

Being a lake’s caretaker may seem overwhelming and complicated; however, with some work and dedication, the rewards of your efforts will be fulfilling. Without your help, your lake could quickly change into a different type of environment that may not be as fun for you and your family to enjoy in the years to come. These changes would not only affect you, but they would also affect the fish, birds, turtles, frogs, flowers, dragonflies, and other animals that are a part of your lake’s ecosystem. But, with the right attitude, anybody can be a lake protection champion. Are you up for the challenge?…”

read more in the original document via this link


October 8, 2018
by rob
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Some TLPOA and Lake History

Truesdale Lake property Owners Association Inc.

A Look At The Past

(Thanks to Karen Jahn for providing the original scans – see below)

July, 1931 Truesdale Lake Club was created. Previously known as the Truesdale Lake Colony, the club was the action spot. Having dinner at the clubhouse was super, especially when you were seated on the sun porch overlooking the boating and swimming that took place every weekend.

The clubhouse was Opened at 9 a.m. and closed at 1 a.m. Regular meals were served by reservation only, but light refreshments could be obtained at anytime. Regular meals were served on the sun porch only, during the summer season. The House Committee selected the menus and fixed prices for meals & refreshments.

The ‘Clubhouse was also used for dances, entertainment, and special events arranged by the Entertainment Committee. In 1938, the clubhouse was sold, along with the boat house, a sad day for the financially troubled club.

Currently, the family of Bill & Mimi Anderson are the proud owners of this magnificent structure, and we understand Sunday dinner is still being served on the sun porch.

The Truesdale Lake Property Owners’ Association, Inc. is the outgrowth of a series of activities, by certain property owners in the Truesdale Lake Colony, undertaken for the protection and conservation of the Colony’s rights and services. These activities were formalized in the appointment of a “Water Committee” at the Annual Meeting of the Truesdale Lake Club held on June 5, 1943, the notice for which meeting stated among other things, that “consideration would be given to the Water System and Repair of Roads”.

Up until the summer of 1940 the Colony roads, under the ownership of the Truesdale Lake Corporation were in such a state of disrepair that they were dangerous to limb and prOperty. The Truesdale Lake Corporation, which was in financial diffculties at that time, did nothing about them.

During that summer, out of dire necessity, thirty-three of the Property owners raised $2,900 for re-surfacing the roads. Similarly, the summer of 1944, the prOperty owners, through the Truesdale Lake Club, financed another major repair and maintenance job to the roads.

The most serious blow to the physical well being of the community came in 1941. Because of financial inadequacy the Truesdale Lake Corporation stood idly by when the well pump on the hill site became a total loss. Again, as in 1940, some of the property owners banded together and raised $1,100 to replace that pump and to repair the pump on the site below the dam, despite the fact that they had theretofore regularly paid water charges billed by the Corporation. And as if that were not enough, the pump at the dam site broke down in the summer of 1943 through lack of adequate attention. This time the Water committee had to see to the repair of that pump.

By the spring of l944 it had become fixed in the minds of the water Committee, and other property owners that were concerned about the welfare of the Colony, that operation of the Water System and roads could no longer be left in the hands of outsiders.

At a meeting of property owners called by the Water Committee in May, the Committee was authorized to acquire the Water System and Roads, with the understanding that a new Association would be organized to operate them

for the benefit of the Colony. A community-spirited group of Truesdale Lake Colony property owners then underwrote the purchase on a cash basis, for which they were subsequently reimbursed by the new Association.

On July 27, 1944 the Truesdale Lake PrOperty Owners’ Association was incorporated under the laws of the State of New York and adopted purposes as contained in the Certificate of Incorporation printed.

On July 29, 1944 a meeting of members of the Association was held whereat plans were adopted for financing of the purchase by the Association of the Water and Roads from the aforesaid property owners.

In accordance with the action of the Association at its special meeting held April 2, 1955, the Board of Governors effected the establishment of a separate corporation to be charged with the Operation of the Association’s water system. This required a considerable legal effort for which the Association is indebted to the late Mr. Stanley Law Sabel. On May 23, 1955 the new corporation was duly incorporated under the regulations of the state of New York.

One of the original members of the Board of Directors was Mr. Charles Gristede of the Gristede food chain. Their home is currently owned and occupied by Mr. & Mrs. Frank Dees & family on Howe & Bouton Street.

In addition to the Gristede family Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Steidle, Bouton Street are original residents of T.L.P.O.A. No doubt, they remember when the East Side of the Lake contained nothing but woods and wild life.

Bill Morrill, who arrived a few years late, recalls the many parties around the lake. The “Moose Head” was the possession of the household until they held a gala party. Once the party was over, the moose head was passed on to the next family for a future gathering.

Bill credits our own Jack Fles for introducing chemical lake treatment to Truesdale some 25 years ago. Prior to chemicals, the weeds were cut “carted away every weekend by volunteers in the area, a job that they all dreaded, but had fun doing.

The daily mail was picked up by each family out on Main Street. One of the existing homes near the Happy Home Florist was the Country store and Post Office, and would stay open until 8 p.m. to accommodate the late commuters returning home from New York City.

Special thanks to Mr. Bill Morrill for digging into his files enabling us to Obtain this bit of historical data. There is certainly much more we could report, but we hOpe that you enjoyed learning something about the Birth of T.L.P.O.A. Inc.

Written by
Peter A. Brady (originally written 1960s?)

October 4, 2018
by rob
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Lake Drawdown

This is to let you know that plans are in place for Pond and Lake Connection (the company that has managed Truesdale Lake weed and algae control for the past two years) to commence work on the Truesdale Lake drawdown for 2018.

They will install the necessary pipes and pumps in early October. The actual drawdown will take place between October 15 – December 1, 2018. It is estimated that by the time that the drawdown is complete, the lake will be 2 – 3 feet lower than its usual winter height.

Riparian homeowners will have a chance to rake out the areas in front of their homes, or to work on stone walls or docks.

Once the drawdown is in place, the lake will be kept at that height until February 1, 2019. This will provide time for the lake bottom to compress, and also for (hopefully) cold winter weather to freeze exposed weeds. Beginning on or about February 1, 2019, the drawdown will end and the lake will begin to refill.

Given historical records, it is anticipated that the lake will be back to its usual height by about May 1, 2019. Obviously, the exact timing of the drawdown and all of these plans will be weather dependent. 

We will provide updates about the Truesdale Lake Drawdown from time to time as there is information to report.

We have additional information in the Project section of the Truesdale Lake website under Lake Drawdown.

June 22, 2018
by rob
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Six Lewisboro Lakes Gain Special Status Under State Legislation – Press Release June 20, 2018

News Release


State Assemblyman David Buchwald announced that the State Assembly and Senate have voted to pass legislation to make a group of lakes in Lewisboro eligible for more state funding.

All six lakes would be designated as official “inland waterways.” Each lake features lakefront communities, are located in the New York City watershed, and each faces challenges at a time when waterfronts are being recognized as catalysts to bring new energy to their communities.

The legislation (A.10443-A/S.8252-A) includes these waterways: in the northern part of the Town of Lewisboro, Lakes Waccabuc, Oscaleta, and Rippowam, also known as the tri-lakes, Lake Kitchawan and Lake Truesdale in South Salem, and Lake Katonah in Golden’s Bridge.

“By adding these lakes to New York State’s list of inland waterways, municipalities can develop a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program to pursue the goals of improved water quality, preservation of open space and wildlife habitat and promotion of tourism and economic development,” said Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-Mount Kisco). “This designation makes these communities eligible to pursue public and private funding for needed waterfront revitalization projects.”

“The Town of Lewisboro is very lucky in its lakes and the quality of the water in those lakes,” said Lewisboro Town Supervisor Peter Parsons. “We are grateful that inland waterways designations for six of our lakes have won legislative approval, placing us on a path to obtaining additional funding for needed improvements.”

Joe Niola, President of the Lake Kitchawan Association said, “On behalf of the 400-plus residents of Lewisboro’s Lake Kitchawan Association, I want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our legislators in Albany–New York State Assemblyman David Buchwald and Senator Terrence Murphy–for their swift and successful efforts to push through legislation that will enable our community to obtain the funding necessary to significantly enhance Lake Kitchawan’s environment and revitalize our waterfront for generations to come.”

“I am pleased that six Lewisboro lakes have been added to the list of designated inland waterways,” said Three Lakes Council President, Janet Andersen. “This listing makes our town eligible to apply for new state funds to maintain and improve the water quality and environmental status of Lakes Oscaleta, Rippowam and Waccabuc.”

The bill to name the six lakes inland waterways was sponsored by Assemblyman Buchwald in the State Assembly and Senator Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) in the State Senate.

Contact: David Buchwald, Kerry Donovan (Communications Director) 914 468 4428

Link to pdf of press release: Six_Lewisboro_Lakes_Gain_Special_Status

June 21, 2018
by rob
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Slides from June 19 Open Lake Meeting

Below are the slides from the Truesdale Lake Planning Group meeting on Tuesday night 6/19/2018.

A text version of the presentation is on the website here.

The original Powerpoint document is available here >> Truesdale Lake Planning Committee Presentation V2 (powerpoint format)

A version in MS Word format is available here >> Truesdale Lake Planning Committee Presentation V2 (word format)

Use the Contact form here if you have questions and we will route your question(s) to the working group.





June 15, 2018
by rob
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June 19 @8:15pm – Truesdale Lake Planning Group meeting

There will be a meeting of the Truesdale Lake Planning Group this coming Tuesday, June 19th at the South Salem Presbyterian Church at 8:15 PM (following the annual TLPOA meeting).

Last June several lake residents gave a  presentation regarding the possibility of hydro-dredging the lake to remove some of the accumulated sediment.

After that meeting an ad hoc group, made up of  volunteers from around the lake, was formed to investigate the feasibility and costs associated with hydro-dredging.  Many Truesdale Lake residents contributed to the cost of hiring a consulting firm to advise us.

The ad hoc group, now known as  the “Truesdale Lake Planning Group,” has spent a year exploring hydro-dredging and other solutions to reduce or remove sediment and improve the health of the lake.

At the meeting on June 19 we will report on the work of the Planning Group, the report of the consultant from Environmental Land Solutions, the details of our recent meeting with the DEC regarding the removal of sediment and a report of future plans for managing the lake and improving the health of the lake.

Please attend the meeting if you can and tell your friends and neighbors to join us too.  Hope to see you there.

-TLPG Members

May 30, 2018
by rob
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Sunday June 10th TEA Summer Kickoff Party

As you start planning for the early summer – add The TEA Summer Kickoff BBQ to your plans!

Join us on SUNDAY, June 10 from 3 – 7pm on at the Truesdale Lake Drive beach.  As a reminder, the TEA will provide grill items (hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken), rolls, lemonade, water and plates, etc.  We invite you to bring a salad, drinks, side, snack or dessert to share.

Please RSVP to

Bring your spouse, bring your kids, bring a friend (unfortunately don’t bring your dog since they are not allowed on the beach). And hey, if you come to the party, you don’t have to cook or clean up after dinner!

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Please RSVP if you can come, even if just for a little while. Thanks!

-The TEA Beach Committee

May 10, 2018
by rob
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First Lake Treatment 2018

The Pond and Lake Connection will treat the lake for the first time this season on May 15. We will be watching for the results.

from David Sachs’ post on

James [Gorman, of Pond & Lake Connection] stopped by yesterday to look at the lake. Based on what he saw, he told us that “as of now, we will treat a 20-foot ring around the edge of the lake (meaning along the shore around the lake – for about 20 feet into the lake itself) and the large part of the south cove for any submerged vegetation. We shall try to leave the center part of the lake alone. If algae begins matting on the curly leaf, we can adjust from there.” James believes that “the more we leave growing in the center, the better we can be at controlling the algae.” The goal is to have some weeds growing; that helps to offset the algae growth.

Excerpted from my post last year around this time, there are several other things to keep in mind, in no particular order:

  • Truesdale is a lake, which has natural living things in it. We need to maintain a balance for the health of the lake. It will never be a swimming pool. I think many understand this after having lived here for years, but occasionally new residents are unrealistic in their expectations of water clarity and plant-free water. Learn to co-exist with the plants. If you don’t freak out about the plants, your kids won’t.
  • Truesdale is a shallow lake (deepest part overall is 16 feet, with the south end near the TEA beach having a deepest point around 8 feet) and that means the sun is always able to reach the bottom of the lake. This means the entire 83 acres is fertile ground for plant growth. It is going to happen. We can only affect it a certain amount.
  • Herbicides and Algaecides are not perfect by any stretch. They are effective in the short term, but they dissipate and dilute by their nature. However, they are the most cost-effective solution we have.
  • Solutions other than herbicide treatment can be very expensive (dredging, mechanical harvesting) and would require a steady source of tax-based revenue and a tax district to do on a lake-wide scale. There are some smaller scale (i.e several households size) efforts underway to address specific dredging areas, but the projects are being undertaken financially by individual homeowners or groups of homeowners, not lake-wide.
  • Other weed control alternatives like grass carp are essentially undirected biological weapons that give no guarantee that the carp will eat 1.) where your want them eat to and 2.) what you want them to eat. They can end up decimating the native plant life and allowing invasive plants to gain even more of a foothold. The fish can also root around the bottom of our lake, stirring up muck and nutrients and actually causing more problems with water clarity and weed growth. They also cannot be fished out if they become a problem.
  • Everything we do is a trade-off between time, money, and effectiveness. In addition to keeping a balance of nature, we are trying to balance the checkbook.

The bottom line is any solutions are management, not complete control. We have a limited number of levers to move to affect weeds and algae, and we (and the professionals we hire) do their best in the environment we are given. It’s all a cycle. Winter will be back before you know it so enjoy the warm weather now!

New ideas and undertakings are always welcome — we are all in this together.


December 9, 2017
by Susan Enos


Lake Truesdale
Hydro-Dredging Project

Project Overview
Many homeowners have suggested that dredging is an obvious solution for improving the health of the lake. This project endeavors to determine what can be done and what the impact will be.
A group of homeowners came together to explore dredging their lakefront/cove on the north end of the lake. Cliff Munz led the initiative and reached out to TLPOA and TEA to cooperate with the lake associations and lake management program.
A steering committee was established with representatives from TLPOA, TEA and unaffiliated homeowners to investigate the benefits and costs of dredging. The current members are as follows:

Taka Andrews, Vreeland Cove
Rob Cummings, TEA President
Dave Douglas, north end
Sue Enos, north end
Lara Gorton, TLPOA lake manager
Steve Macaluso, south end
Cliff and Lucille Munz, east side
Laura Sanchick, east side
David Sach, TLPOA President

The following questions were generated from the TRUESDALELAKE.COM website and other sources. The HDIG has provided answers to some of the questions below. We will continue to update lake residents as we learn more.


Removing sediment from the lake bottom using a suction process and depositing it in appropriate locations around the lake
Quite literally ‘sucking the muck’
Optimally, we would use the dried sediment as top-soil rather than the costly alternative of trucking it off-site


Dredging would materially improve access to and enjoyment of the lake in shallow, silted-in areas
It would help to maintain property values for everyone in the lake community
Dredging the TLPOA and TEA beaches would improve enjoyment of those common areas


Dredging is not a “silver bullet.”
Dredging would not replace regular lake management for weeds or algae but would be supplemental to other best practices like shoreline planting, septic maintenance, eliminating lawn fertilization, etc.
The overall ecosystem in Truesdale Lake will not change dramatically and will still be affected by weather, periods of extreme heat, lack of rain, nutrient load from the watershed and other contributing factors
Improvement of points of ingress to mitigate sources of sediment is equally important to overall lake health, i.e. paving Boway, the East of Hudson project improvements uphill from TEA beach, maintaining catch basins and storm drains, etc.
Dredging will be considered relative to alternative remediation techniques, including partial draining of the lake. This would enable natural compaction of the silt during the winter (freeze the weed seeds) or dry excavation of the accumulated sediment.


Property values are directly impacted by the health and appearance of the lake
There is widespread interest in determining if dredging is a viable solution to lake improvement
Improved access to the lake means more enjoyable experience swimming, kayaking, fishing & entertaining

WHY NOW? (need meets readiness)?

Community interest in lake management is at an all-time high due to extreme conditions of the last few years
Lake homeowners among the broader lake community have expressed interest and contributed to exploring the possibility of dredging


The object of this project is to determine where dredging could be most effective and provide cost/benefit analysis
Sediment collects in certain areas like inlets, coves and particularly the south end of the lake where there’s not a lot of water flow or current to move it out, causing those areas to be more shallow, weedy and collect algae.
Initial conclusions are that targeted dredging would improve lake access and enjoyment of the lake but that significant dredging to deepen the overall lake would be required to materially change lake conditions and would raise additional constraints and prohibitive costs


Phase 1 – Schematic Design
Project scope & phasing alternatives
Sediment storage alternatives
Alternative financing options

Phase 2 – Design Development
Specific permitting requirements
Environment mitigation plan
Refined project plan (phasing)
Refined cost estimates & financing options

Phase 3 – Required Permitting
Answers to all stakeholder questions
Go / no go decision

Phase 4 – Dredging Planning

Phase 5 – Dredging



Funds for the initial scope analysis in Phase 1 were collected from interested homeowners after the last public meeting
Recommendations from Phase 1 are expected to determine scope and estimates of further funding that will be required
Truesdale is a private lake and as such, there is no public funding available. Grants require municipal fund matching that has not been available to Truesdale in the past


Schedule a public meeting in January/February to review conclusions from Phase 1 analysis with Kate Throckmorton from Environmental Land Solutions, James Gorman from Pond and Lake Connections who has been contracted to provide lake treatment in 2018, and the HDIG.

Explore alternatives as a part of the long-term lake management plan, i.e. modify the outflow of the dam to regularly lower the lake level in winter. The replacement of a gated by-pass drain near the dam or a siphoning system would probably be necessary in order to lower the lake enough in winter to expose and freeze a significant amount of the shoreline sediment. ELS is in the process of getting an estimate of costs for engineering, permitting and installing a drain. We will also explore the possibility of “dry removing” sediment from areas around the lake shore. We will continue to keep everyone informed about this alternative when we find out whether it is feasible and how much it would cost.

Work with the town to keep the lake drains and settling ponds clear so that future sediment going into the lake is reduced.

Explore alternative ways of removing algae accumulation during the summer.


Learn about the project ( read other informative posts

Raise questions, be open to listen to responses, advocate with the Town, consider participation in funding

Contact anyone in the HDIG with questions, comments or interest

December 9, 2017
by Susan Enos


Dear Truesdale Lake Resident,

Last June and this past September, TLPOA and a small group of Truesdale Lake residents held two public meetings to determine if there was enough interest from lake residents to explore the possibility of dredging some areas of Truesdale Lake. Our goal was to see if dredging and removing accumulated sediment from areas of the lake bottom would be a feasible and affordable solution to improve the appearance and health of the lake. Thanks to a $3000 donation from TLPOA as well as donations from many individual residents we were able to raise approximately $6000 to hire a consultant,Kate Throckmorton from Environmental Land Solutions, to advise us. A group of 10 people representing all areas of the lake, the Hydro-dredging Initiative Group (HDIG), has been working with a consultant and meeting regularly all fall to thoroughly explore the possibility of dredging.

The format of this update is two-fold. First, below, there is short summary of the presentation our consultant, Kate Throckmorton of Environmental Land Solutions, gave to the HDIG in November to discuss progress, recommendations and next steps.

Second, many people have visited the website and have submitted questions about the project. We promised to answer the questions as we found answers. Please refer to the FAQ section of the website to find a list of FAQS with the answers we know at this time. We can’t answer all the questions yet but we will continue to keep you updated as we get more information.


Kate has surveyed the lake to identify locations that are candidates for dredging (hot spots) and storing the sediment.
We learned that…
Dredging may not have the effect on the overall health of the lake that we had hoped because we would not be dredging at sufficient depth to make a difference.
That said, dredging should still be considered as an alternative to eliminating the sediment that has built up in select locations. This would improve the appearance and usability of the lake.

Partial draining the lake has moved to the fore as a complementary or alternative approach. This would enable either natural compression of the sediment or the ability to dry-excavate the same select locations. Repairing the dam by-pass drain at the north end of the lake (or finding another way to significantly lower the lake) would probably be necessary to drain the lake enough in winter to expose the hot spots of sediment around the lake.
Lastly, we discussed in-season treatment options that should be considered whether we dredge / drain or not
Next steps…
Work with Kate to estimate the maximum volume of silt to be dredged and identify drying locations. Given that the latter is likely our binding constraint, work with her to prioritize where dredging would have the greatest impact.
Kate to assist with identifying the viability of partial draining, including; permitting requirements and engineering.
Consider the most effective ways of limiting sediment from continuing to enter the lake and working with the town to achieve this.

We are on schedule to hold our next Lake-wide information session early in the new year. Please feel free to ask questions directly to any of us or through the website.

Thank you for your interest and support in this project,


Taka Andrew, Vreeland Cove
Rob Cummings, TEA
Dave Douglas, north end
Sue Enos, north end
Lara Gorton, TLPOA
Steve Macaluso, south end
Cliff and Lucille Munz, east side
David Sachs, TLPOA,
Laura Sanchick, east side