Truesdale Lake  

South Salem, New York

May 18, 2017
by rob
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A Note About The Lake, Treatment, Weeds, etc.

I have received a few notes over the last month about the Lake, the weeds, last summer, and the potential of a repeat. I started to respond to each person individually but it grew into a longer note that I’d like to share here instead.

Keep in mind this is my opinion and view and I am open to corrections and I reserve the right to change my mind:

I agree last year the lake was a big problem last summer — and we are focused on not having a repeat this summer.

If you have been following along with the lake and weather the last few years (via truesdalelake.nextdoor.com and truesdalelake.com websites and the association membership meetings) you know it has been an unusual stretch.

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January 24, 2017
by rob
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Letter About Proposed Changes to Town Wetlands Law

Passing on this note from Janet Andersen who is a resident in the Twin Lakes neighborhood, a member of the Three Lakes Council, and Chair of the Lewisboro Conservation Advisory Council (CAC).

Friends and neighbors,

The Town Board proposed a new wetland code that is so flawed and so alarming that I cannot believe they will vote on it as it stands. However, since the changes in this law would lead to increased pollution in our lakes, and possibly to degraded drinking water supplies, it’s not too early to let the Town Board know of your concerns.

You can write to supervisor@lewisborogov.com or confsecy@lewisborogov.com, and ask that the message be distributed to the town board. Tell them that the water quality of the lake is important to you, and that you don’t want the board to weaken the protection of those waters and allow more algae and weeds to grow. You could also tell them that you care about safe drinking water, and you don’t want the protection of that vital resource to be diminished.

I’ll provide a details of a few examples where I feel the new law could endanger our lakes. Our current law prohibits animal pens and manure storage within 150 feet of the edge of our lake. The proposed law would allow animal pens, chicken coops, and manure storage to abut our lakes with no buffer distance at all. I can’t justify allowing new sources of phosphorus next to our lakes, streams, and wetlands. The proposed code would also allow new chemical and petroleum bulk storage facilities to be placed next to lakes with no buffer, an equally perplexing provision.

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December 29, 2016
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Truesdale Lake Update – December 2016

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
by rob
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Truesdale Lake Update 2017

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…)

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September 9, 2016
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Treatment Report from September 1, 2016

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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Algae Treatment Report from August 18th, 2016

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

July 30, 2016
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Lake Treatment and Survey Report – July 21st, 2016

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.

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