Leaves, Lakes, and Storm Drains

T’is the season for raking leaves, and we can assure you that our lake is no happier than any of us to have to absorb decaying leaves.  Cupsaw really doesn’t need more nutrient to feed next year’s weed and algae growth.  We can all help:

  1.  Please keep leaves away from our storm drains and adjacent curbs.  (If you have a landscaper, ask them to pick up curbside leaves by drains.)  Rain washes leaves into the storm drains, clogging them.  Decayed leaves wash into the storm drains and it all ends up in the lake.
  2. Don’t compost leaves close to the lake or any of the streams that empty into the lake.  Same principal: We don’t need these leaves adding to the lakes biomass.

You may have noticed one step taken this fall to protect our lake water quality.  The town dredged the settling pond at 234 Cupsaw Drive (Northeast end of the lake).  This helps reduce the amount of nutrient reaching the lake from that stream, which has tested high in phosphorous.  Our test team checks nine inlets regularly so that can address problem areas.

Thanks again for your cooperation.