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.