Milfoil Removal Project 2012

2012 Reports On Status of Milfoil Removal

585 Water Quality – FY 2012-2013: Annual Report

David Arzt, Chairman: Ad-Hoc Milfoil committee

The water quality in Crystal Lake continues to be very good. The annual maintenance was performed in the main body of the lake. Milfoil, Large Leaf Pondweed and Red Leaf Pondweed was removed. The majority of the plants were removed from the Dam Area, the entrance to Northeast Cove, the entrance to Aborn Cove and in a deep water area off of Aborn Cove.

An Aquatic Plant Survey was conducted by Northeast Aquatic Research in the fall to verify the contractor’s plant removal work and to make recommendations for work to be performed in FY 2013-2014. No milfoil was found in the main channel of the Dam Area or in shallow water portions (5’ or less) of the main body of the lake. Several milfoil plants were found off of the Town Beach in water between 5’ and 8’ deep. Large Leaf Pondweed was only found in the two coves. Red Leaf Pondweed was present off-shore and to the east and west of the mouth of the Northeast Cove as well as in both coves.

Northeast Aquatic Research conducted a second plant survey in June (at no cost to the Town) to verify and map the locations of the plants to be removed. Their recommendations for FY 2013-2014 are: Conduct the annual maintenance in the main body of the lake and the Dam Area; Monitor and remove plants in the “hot spots” off of the Northeast Cove and Aborn Cove; Remove milfoil along the shores at the Dam Area; Concentrate on the removal of milfoil in Aborn Cove; Consider removal of milfoil in the Route 140 Pond (near the Town Beach); and Conduct an aquatic plant survey in the fall of 2013.

2012 Aquatic Plant Survey Report

Aquatic Plant Mapping at Crystal Lake 2012
Latest survey on the status of milfoil in the lake. This report will be utilized by the Ad Hoc Committee to set priorities for the 2013 maintenance cycle.
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Crystal Lake Association

316A Sandy Beach Rd

Ellington, CT 06029


2018 meetings:

April 24th, Old Crystal Lake School

July 25th,  Crystal Lake United Methodist Community Center. Note the address change.

October 4th Old Crystal Lake School

(meetings are at 7 PM)

Summer picnic: Thursday, August 16th from 5 - 7 pm at 24 Private Grounds. 


08-12-2018: The summer picnic is now Thursday, August 16th from 5-7pm st the Arzt’s house on 24 Private Grounds. Hot dogs will be served. Hope to see you there!


07/26/2018: The powerpoint for the July 25th invasive species presentation can be viewed here:


07-02-2018: Pleaset join us for our July 25th meeting. George Knoecklein from Northeast Aquatic Research will be giving a talk on invastive species, a very important topic for our lake. Please note the meeting will be at the Crystal Lake Unitited Methodist Community Center on Sandy Beach road across from the Elementary School.


05-05-2018:  We held a Crystal Lake road cleanup today. The following volunteers walked the roads and filled several trash bags of various items which people had thrown on the side of the road and at the dam area. Dolores and Al Breton, Bill Brown, Bill Brown III, Dave Gauthier, Missy and Bob Clark, Rex Joffray, Vic Laptik, Monique Lussier, Cindy McNamar, Pat and Joe Neafey. Thanks for helpingkeep our lake area clean!


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