2016 RBL Holiday Party

The 20162016-holiday-party Roaring Brook Lake Holiday Party will be Sat, Dec 10, 7-10 pm at a neighbor’s home on the lake (details once you register). Enjoy a wonderful evening of celebration and good cheer.

Tickets are $10/person to cover spirits and sustenance. In the spirit of the season, please also bring an appetizer or a dessert to share.

We can accommodate only the first 70 people who respond. Capacity is strictly limited and you MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE to attend (no registration at the door). Once you register, you will receive the address and details. Register early! Don’t be left out.

Parking is limited. Please either carpool or use our volunteer taxi service.

CLICK HERE to pay for your ticket on line.

The 2016 Roaring Brook Lake Holiday Party is sponsored jointly by the RBL Property Owner’s Association and the RBL Garden Club.

We strongly prefer that you register on line. If you do not use a credit card or do not have access to the internet, perhaps a friend can help you. If not, we ask that you deliver a check made out to Roaring Brook Lake Garden Club to Kate Cunningham, 202 Lake Shore Road.

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RBLPOA 2016 Annual Fishing Tourney

Nolan at the fishing contest 2016This year’s bass fishing tourney was another successful and fun event.  At daybreak, 7 men and women entered with $10 for a shot to take home the pool money and bragging rights for the season. The winner would be the angler with with the heaviest combined weight of their 3 largest, legal large-mouth bass with the caveat that they must be released alive.

Unfortunately, the lunkers were hiding– the majority of fish caught were legal or just under the 12” mark.  However, they were all robust, plump specimens which was a good sign for the lake.  Last year’s co-winner Chad Scott reeled in 5 fish to combine for 4.8 pounds.

This year, 5 children kids at 2016 Fishing Tourneytook to the water by shore or by vessel to try their hand at bassin’.  This year we opted to forego the sunfish derby which had served as a fisheries management technique to reduce competition for food for juvenile sport fish like bass and walleye, as well as to allow for adult pan fish such as crappie and yellow perch to reach keeper size.  The Fish Committee decided to give the sunnies a break this year to allow for more fry production.

Nolan Lee and David Berdecia each decked 3 keepers.  The top prizes were gift certificates to Bass Pro Shops, Regal Cinemas, and Subway, with all junior anglers receiving lures for participating (Nick and Chris DeGiorgio, & Juliet Scott).

The RBLPOA would like to thank Mike Moculski for being the grill master for this event, and to Sergio Recine and Al Salanitro for helping Mike preserve food and beverages from the Regatta for this event.

Next year we mFishing Tourney winners - Copyight change the contest to start at 11 and end at 6 to increase more angler participation.  And maybe a trophy that would be passed around like the Stanley Cup until the next annual fishing contest.  Congratulations to Chad, Nolan, and Dennis, and see you on the water next year!


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Please welcome Michael Martin, our new lake manager

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 (to be done this fall), 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 will be on our lake Monday, Sept 12, 2016, casting their rakes, sampling, identifying, and mapping all the different plants that grow in Roaring Brook Lake. They’ll 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

This is a big, exhausting job. To make it 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.  All necessary legal permits for Mr. Martin and Princeton Hydro to use a gas powered boat for this study and a spring 2017 bathymetry study 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 full responsibility for all needed remediation.

If you’d like to know a little bit more about Michael and Princeton Hydro, please click for Michael’s CV, a 2010 interview with him, or go to Princeton Hydro‘s web site. In addition, Michael will be our guest at an RBL District meeting in the spring or summer 2017 (date to be decided) 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.

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RBL Fishing Tourney Saturday, Sept 3, 2016

fishThe Roaring Brook Property Owners Association (RBLPOA) would like to invite the residents of the community to the Annual RBL Largemouth Bass Fishing Contest on Saturday, September 3rd, 2016.

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 4thSign 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:

  1. NYSDEC licensed residents and their guests only (we will not check licenses but we cannot prevent DEC ECO from checking so be prepared)
  2. $10 per contestant entry fee for anglers 16 & older; if guests are present, there must be at least one RBL adult fishing with him/her on land or in watercraft
  3. The sum of each contestant’s 3 heaviest caught AND released largemouth bass takes the pool by witnesses other than the catching party or by digital photograph of fish alongside a ruler with date stamp on the device (phone or camera).
  4. All fish entered in contest must be 12’ or longer, and subsequently released alive. If you plan on culling any bass, they must be 12” or over but cannot be entered into the contest.
  5. If you wish to weigh fish instead, Tim Murphy, & Sam Lee will be out on the water with the scales and respond via cell phone to weigh fish on the water for quick release. However, keep in mind photographing fish and releasing them quickly is more optimal for the fish.  If you have a scale, please bring it- the more scales the merrier.  Use of an aerated livewell is highly recommended, or a witness from another party not fishing with you to verify the weight.
  6. Please check the NYSDEC website for angling rules and how to obtain a license.
  7. All children 12 & younger must wear a Type II or III PFD (floatation vest) if aboard a watercraft, all people 12 & older must have one available to them aboard a watercraft.
  8. Fish and boat at your own risk- the RBLPOA is not responsible for any injury, harm, loss of life, or damage to watercraft or loss of equipment.

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   samuel.m.lee@gmail.com        

John Listwan, Chairman, Fish Committee

Tim Murphy, Beach Committee Chair


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Public Hearing on Pudding Street Overpass

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.

Preliminary map of the proposed overpass

Preliminary map of the proposed overpass

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.


Sam Oliverio addresses the attendees

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.

Sam Lee discusses environmental impacts with DOT's Jenai Rhollf

Sam Lee discusses environmental impacts with DOT’s Jenai Rhollf

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.ryan@dot.ny.gov 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.

Kate Cunningham speaks with project Design Manager Carolyn Ryan

Kate Cunningham speaks with project Design Manager Carolyn Ryan

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July 16, 2016 RBLPOA Meeting with Sam Lee

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:

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2016 Regatta

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Learn about aquatic plants

Special RBL Event:

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 10 AM

Come learn about the plants in our lake!

Come help survey RBL for invasive plants
With special guest Samantha Epstein, Aquatic Invasive Species Specialisthydrilla in hand

Wed, Aug 3, 10 AM
North Beach, Roaring Brook Lake (366 Lake Shore Rd)

All ages welcome!
Children under 14 — accompanied by an adult.

Aquatic plant identification workshop
Try your hand as a citizen scientist:
Survey for invasive species — from the shoreline or by boat

Come in a kayak, canoe, or any boat
To survey from shore, wear sturdy waterproof footwear *
(OK to come just for the plant ID workshop)

For more information or to RSVP, email: icholst@gmail.com Drop-ins are OK, RSVP preferred

About the day:
Samantha will bring some of the most common and most invasive aquatic species found throughout the Hudson Valley, many of which you may already know (Eurasian watermilfoil, fanwort, water chestnut, etc.). After learning how to identify some of these species, we will head onto the water to begin surveying. Our goal is to survey the perimeter of the lake every 50m (shoreline surveys or surveys via boat). The highest priority species we will be surveying for is Hydrilla verticillata, a highly invasive and fast spreading plant that was introduced to the United States through the aquarium trade.

*Surveying field guide and weed rakes will be provided.

About Samantha:
Samantha Epstein began working for Clearwater in April 2015 as the Invasive Species Program Coordinator. She leads the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program for the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM). Prior to working for Clearwater, Samantha was an AIS Crew Member for The Nature Conservancy where she surveyed the Great Lakes basin for over 50 aquatic invasive species. She also worked with the Hydrilla Task Force in Ithaca, where she surveyed for hydrilla, collected water quality samples, and helped with the hydrilla herbicide treatment.

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June 25, 2016 RBLPOA Meeting with Sam Oliverio

Check out some highlights from the 6/25/16 meeting:



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Taconic Overpass Update — Public Hearing August 19, 2016

There will be a public hearing on Friday, Aug 19 at 6 PM, at the High School. Come!

Sam Oliverio speaks about progress on the Taconic Overpass at the 6/25/16 RBLPOA meeting

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