Town-appointed “Lake Quannapowitt Committee”
Searching paths for the lake’s best future

Last March, in response to advocacy by FOLQ,
the Board of Selectmen appointed a town committee to
study in depth various problems impacting Lake
Quannapowitt’s water quality, and to develop
recommendations to address those problems. The 15-
member “Lake Quannapowitt Committee” , led by
town engineer Mike Collins, has now met 10 times,
digesting copious amounts of scientific material on
lake management and earlier reports on lake water
quality. They also have gone on a number of field trips
together to see things on-site. It is a very hardworking
The initial take by the committee is that the lake’s
problems with algae are linked to its shallowness and
the slow pace of flushing. There are a number of
potential strategies to use in minimizing the algae
blooms that are so disconcerting in late summer. Some
options are large operations, such as dredging,
involve huge expenditures. On the other end, there
are some low-tech treatments that can make a
difference without significant outlays (such as
planting a riparian growth barrier along shorelines,
and reducing phosphorous and animal waste runoff).
At this point the committee is reviewing in
detail the cost/benefit of all approaches in its in
depth study, and will generate a detailed report to the
Selectmen and the general public. At some point
in the future, the town will be making decisions
about how to best take care of the lake which is the
anchor of our town in so many ways. Because of the
lake committee’s work, we will have chance to
make a truly informed decision. The committee’s
careful process will take considerable time, and
along the way FOLQ will try to keep its members
updated and educated.


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Average sightings
November 2014
Visibility Depth
November 2014
1.9 ft