2017 Roaring Brook Lake Residents Meetings
Saturdays 9:30 AM, at Children’s Beach
- Saturday, June 24, 2017
- Saturday, July 8, 2017
- Saturday, July 29, 2017
- Saturday, August 19, 2017
See the new “Roaring Brook Lake” section of Fahnestock Park (the old HYH tract).
See grand trees with their new spring buds, magnificent rock formations, beautiful stone walls, an old Girl Scout camp, and an imposing stone chamber. Meet new neighbors and spend time with old friends.
Hikers should be generally fit, but no experience is necessary and the pace will be adjusted to the group’s needs. Children over 8, accompanied by an adult, are welcome. There will be a hike leader (Sam Lee) and a “sweeper” (Ina Cholst).
Please wear hiking boots if you have them, or sneakers if you don’t, as the paths are rough and irregular and cross streams and wetlands. No sandals, flip-flops or smooth soles. Bring water and a light snack (trail mix, nuts, PB&J sandwich, etc.) Long pants and socks are recommended to reduce risk of ticks.
Note: The trails are as yet unmarked. It is easy to get lost. Please come on time. We will leave promptly at 2 PM.
It is a pleasure to introduce Michael Martin, senior scientist at Princeton Hydro, who will be our new lake manager at Roaring Brook Lake. Michael has extensive experience in lake and watershed management, aquatic plant and invasive species management, algal identification and control, environmental habitat assessment, and wetland design and restoration. He has implemented monitoring and management programs on hundreds of lakes and ponds throughout the Northeast. He is a respected educator in the field and the author of over 60 ecological publications. He’s also easy-going, warm, and a great guy.
As most of you know, the active search for a Lake Manager for Roaring Brook Lake took about 6 months. The process included review of many candidate’s credentials, with interviews and site visits by the top contenders, and a competitive bidding process. We are delighted that Town Supervisor Oliverio and the Town Board chose Michael Martin and Princeton Hydro. We appreciate the meticulousness of the search as well as its outcome.
The work of sampling, measuring, testing and evaluating the data as well as forming recommendations for management will take place over about 3 years. Michael is planning to be available to us both for immediate questions or emergencies and also to discuss issues with the community at a public meeting once or twice a year.
The scope of the work will include aquatic plant mapping (done in the fall of 2016), water quality sampling, including assessment of zooplankton and phytoplankton (microscopic water organisms), bathymetry (measurement of the depth of the lake and the depth of sediment in various areas of the lake), the hydrologic budget (the inputs and losses of water to the lake), the pollutant budget (a quantification of the input of nitrogen, phosphorus, and suspended solids from various sources to the lake), data analysis, and the development of a long term management plan for Roaring Brook Lake and its watershed.
Michael and his team were out on our lake Sept 12, 2016, casting their rakes, sampling, identifying, and mapping all the different plants that grow in Roaring Brook Lake. They’ve use GPS points to make a map of the density and type of aquatic plants, both native and invasive, and they’ll be able to use it to assess various things about our lake, including, importantly, the impact of the sterile carp, by comparing the new map to maps that were made in 1990 and 2007.
On a day this spring, Michael’s colleague, Senior Scientist, JP Bell, will be out on the lake mapping and taking measurements of the lake’s depth and also of the depth, thickness and distribution of sediment (unconsolidated material) throughout our lake, especially in the coves. This important study will be compared to RBL’s only previous bathymetry, done in 1988, and the new data will be used to make long-term decisions about the management and protection of our lake.
To make these two studies safer and more efficient for the scientists, to minimize costs to taxpayers, and after conversation with RBL residents at public meetings, the Town Board has decided to allow use of a gas powered boat for these two studies. All necessary legal permits for Mr. Martin and Princeton Hydro to use a gas powered boat for these studies have been issued. The gas powered boat will be labeled prominently with Princeton Hydro’s name. Princeton Hydro will be meticulous in cleaning the boat and all equipment before entry into our lake and in preventing any oil or gas spills. In the extremely unlikely event that any significant contamination results directly from Princeton Hydro’s operation of a gas powered boat and happens during the time they are on the lake, Princeton Hydro is fully insured and takes responsibility for all needed remediation.
If you’d like to know a little bit more about Michael Martin and Princeton Hydro, please click for Michael’s Blog “Lake Stewardship”, Michael’s Biography, or go to Princeton Hydro‘s web site. In addition, Michael will be our guest at an RBL District meeting on Saturday, May 20, 2017 (10 AM, Town Hall) for an introductory talk and Q&A. Quite a few RBL’ers heard him speak in 2015 (Lower Hudson FOLA meeting) and can confirm that he is a terrific speaker.
Please join me in welcoming Michael Martin to Roaring Brook Lake. We are delighted to have him on board and anticipate a long and fruitful relationship.
The event will run between 6:00 AM until 12 PM. There will be a BBQ starting at 12:30 PM for contest participants and their families. Severe thunderstorms or warnings will be the only reason to cancel/postpone this event; T-storm date is Sunday, September 4th. Sign up at 5:30 AM at Children’s Beach.
This year we are not holding a separate sunfish derby for children as the population of small sunfish appears to have reached a desirable density compared to previous years. Instead, all participants, children and adults, will be allowed to catch & release largemouth bass for the contest.
LM Bass Catch & Release Contest rules:
To download or print a copy of the LMB length to weight conversion size chart, go to: http://www.thejump.net/fishing/basschart.htm
To obtain a NYSDEC fishing license, go to: https://decals.dec.ny.gov/DECALSCitizenWeb/citizenhome.htm
NYSDEC statewide regulations: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/31421.html
If you wish to volunteer please contact Sam (set up, grill, help kids with lines & casting, bring fresh garden worms from your garden, clean-up; etc.). Thank you for your support!
Sam Lee, Lake Committee Chair C: 347-724-9279 firstname.lastname@example.org
John Listwan, Chairman, Fish Committee
Tim Murphy, Beach Committee Chair
The New York Department of Transportation (DOT) plans to begin construction in late 2019 on an overpass and interchange where Pudding Street crosses the Taconic State Parkway, according to preliminary plans displayed at a well attended public hearing on Friday evening, August 19, 2016.
The $20 million project will feature a ‘diamond’ interchange with on- and off- ramps for the Taconic in both directions, and is meant to improve safety.
“We all want a safe way to traverse a very dangerous road,” Dr. Frances Wills, Putnam Valley Central Schools District Superintendent, said at the hearing.
Speaking at the hearing, New York State Senator Sue Serino and Putnam Valley Town Supervisor Sam Oliverio thnked the community for their persistence and hard work on the issue. Many of those present had been at gatherings, rallies, and press conferences and were the authors of petitions, letters, web-site posts, and a moving video featuring the children who ride the buses every day.
During an open house before the hearing, a Poughkeepsie-based team of DOT staff members answered questions about the project’s social, economic and environmental impact. In addition to providing information about the project, the hearing was needed so that the state can use eminent domain to acquire land for the project.
The still-preliminary plan calls for both lanes of the Taconic to be realigned and brought closer together, and a bridge built to carry Pudding Street over the highway. During construction, the plan is for the Taconic to remain open. Pudding Street will remain open during the school year, but might need to be closed for some period of time during school summer vacation to complete the work.
DOT officials speaking at the meeting said the project plan will be refined and finalized once public comments are evaluated. Parkland and private property will be acquired and the project will feature plans to mitigate both wetlands impact and storm-water runoff.
In addition to public comments taken at the hearing, the DOT will continue to accept comments on the plan until September 2. Comments can be emailed to Carolyn.email@example.com or sent by mail (contact details follow below). Public support is important to this project. If you believe that the Pudding Street Overpass will increase the safety of our community, send a note now to Carolyn Ryan. Your voice matters.
At the July 16 RBLPOA meeting, our own Sam Lee gave an outstanding talk on the history and ecology of our beautiful lake from its beginnings to the present time. If you were there, you might want to hear it again. If you missed it, here it is: