News and Testimonials

Alert: Potential for Herbicide Use Becomes Real Likelihood

posted Dec 12, 2017, 7:18 PM by Preserve Woodridge Lake

Recent events indicate that the advocates for herbicide use in the lake are building up a head of steam. There is a high likelihood that the Board will move forward with a plan to put chemicals in the lake in 2018. The Conservancy has been reasonably quiet over the last few years because the potential for herbicide use has been low. That has now changed. If you are a resident of the community – or considering the purchase of a house – you need to be aware that this is now a real possibility. In fact, a consultant hired by the Board has recommended putting chemicals in the lake every 3-4 years. Stay tuned for more news as events develop.

Take the Pledge!

posted Aug 11, 2014, 8:40 PM by Preserve Woodridge Lake   [ updated Aug 13, 2014, 8:33 PM ]

The Woodridge Lake Conservancy is asking members of the community to pledge their support for preserving and improving the long-term health of Woodridge Lake and its ecosystem through non-toxic means. Take the Conservancy Pledge and add your name to the growing list of neighbors who support non-toxic methods of managing weeds that protect our environment and health. Sign the pledge here today!

Report on the Treatment of Invasive Aquatic Plants

posted Aug 8, 2014, 8:59 AM by Preserve Woodridge Lake   [ updated Aug 11, 2014, 7:50 AM ]

Toxics Action Center (TAC), an environmental nonprofit established in 1987, published "Chemical Free Lakes: A Resource Guide to New Hampshire's Invasive Aquatic Plants and Non-Toxic Treatment Alternatives", a report calling for an end to all toxic chemicals used to treat invasive weeds. This report cites health impacts associated with pesticides used to manage vegetative infestations in fresh water lakes, and the alternative management options that are available.

TAC and the Woodridge Lake Conservancy believe that keeping toxic chemicals out of lakes that our children swim in, and that community members enjoy fishing and boating is entirely necessary. Phasing out the use of toxic chemicals is essential for protecting the health of our environment and the health of our community members.

You can view the report here (pdf).

Woodridge Lake Conservancy Announced at WLPOA Board Meeting

posted Jul 30, 2013, 11:02 AM by Preserve Woodridge Lake   [ updated Aug 20, 2013, 7:10 AM ]

We are also very happy to let everyone know about our productive and helpful ongoing dialogue with the current President of the WLPOA Board of Directors.  On Saturday, July 27th, at the July WLPOA Board Meeting , we were granted time to introduce ourselves, answer some questions about who we are and why we exist, and we feel that the members present at that meeting are excited about this new venture.  Also at that meeting, the acting Chairperson of the Lake and Dam Committee of the WLPOA gave a very thorough and thoughtful presentation of all the various methods of controlling milfoil that the committee has been looking at.  We thought the presentation was excellent, and we hope the committee continues to look at the natural non-chemical methods carefully.  We are very interested in the current studies being done by 2 biologists from SUNY, hired by the WLPOA Board, in order to establish a natural biological method of weed control that respects the entire ecosystem in the lake.  We hope the Lake and Dam Committee continues on this hopeful path.
We continue to welcome all new members, and we will be updating the website more often to let you know about our progress.  This is a really exciting venture and we thank all our members and people who are reading this for your interest and support.   Together we can conserve and improve the lake we love so much!

PRESERVEWOODRIDGELAKE.ORG Has a New Name and a Mission Statement

posted Jul 30, 2013, 10:26 AM by Preserve Woodridge Lake   [ updated Aug 20, 2013, 7:28 AM ]

We are very excited to announce the progress we have made in turning our website into an actual organization dedicated to preserving the ecosystem of Woodridge Lake, using natural means.  We have a 7 member Board of Directors, and we have re-named ourselves "The Woodridge Lake Conservancy".  Our new site reflects the new name, mission statement, and Board of Directors. The mission statement can be found on our home page and the Board of Directors is listed here.

Moving Toward Incorporation

posted Jul 11, 2013, 7:35 AM by Preserve Woodridge Lake   [ updated Sep 3, 2013, 8:38 PM ]

We want to update our membership (and everyone else) on what has been happening with this group.  We are so excited about the overwhelmingly positive response to our group.  We are currently in talks with a lawyer to be incorporated as a non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving, conserving, and improving the quality of Woodridge Lake.  We have a very committed Board of Directors, and we have elected officers.  We are looking forward to being a positive force for good stewardship of the Woodridge Lake ecosystem.  We intend to work and advocate for a healthy lake and surrounding area.  We can organize educational programs regarding such things as the effects of phosphate fertilizers on the lake, and understanding the ecosystem in the lake so that we know the difference between invasive species and those weeds and wildlife that are native and natural and need to be protected.  We can work with Tyler Lake to better understand the flow between the lakes and to make sure that they are taking the right actions.   We will keep you posted on our new corporation and our new name!

Summer is Here! Make Proper Arrangements for Lawn Care

posted May 6, 2013, 8:26 AM by Preserve Woodridge Lake   [ updated Aug 20, 2013, 7:10 AM ]

During the July 4th long hot weekend we saw many people out enjoying the lake in their boats and in the water.  We thought it was very important to remind everyone in the lake community that the health of the lake is very much impacted by what you use to care for your lawn and plants.  Using phosphorous-basd fertilizers is prohibited by the Association rules - yet we see many landscapers and homeowners ignore these rules.  This may make your lawn look better - but it also runs into the lake and causes weed growth.  Take the time to check that you or your landscaper is using organiz material to feed your lawn and plants.  There are many reputable companies like LDM that specialize in organic based care.  Make sure you use a provider that is abiding by these rules. 


Site Reaches 30,000 Page Views

posted Apr 24, 2013, 10:50 AM by Preserve Woodridge Lake   [ updated Sep 3, 2013, 8:35 PM ]

Wow!  The response to the formation of Preserve Woodridge Lake has been overwhelming.  We passed over 30,000 page views, and the site has barely been live for 90 days.  The membership of WLC has more than doubled, and we are meeting with various experts to file our papers for incorporation.  We appreciate all the support, and we look forward to being fully formed and active this summer – our thanks to all of you!

Aon Environmental Services Completes Risk Assessment

posted Feb 18, 2013, 8:05 AM by Preserve Woodridge Lake   [ updated Aug 20, 2013, 7:11 AM ]

Aon brokerage was retained to evaluate the cost of securing an insurance policy to cover the risk of a herbicide application to Woodridge Lake. After reviewing the Homeowners Association agreement and the potential application of herbicides in the lake they concluded:
"We secured conceptual pricing for spraying operations (application of herbicides). The indication is based on the following:

    - Project value of $50,000 to $75,000
    - Herbicides being applied by a reputable contractor
The policy required in this case is an owner controlled Contractor’s Pollution Liability policy. It provides coverage for third party claims for bodily injury, property damage and cleanup costs, including defense costs, if any claims arise in connection with spraying activities. The project term would be 2-4 months. And you would require a 10 years completed operations period to the policy to allow for damages occurring and reported within ten years from the spraying activities since claims related to these activities typically take many years to develop.
Environmental policies are subject to minimum premiums which we begin to run into. Pricing by limit option with a 25,000 SIR would be $100,000-125,000 for limits up to $25 million."

News Update

posted Feb 10, 2013, 10:06 PM by Preserve Woodridge Lake   [ updated Aug 20, 2013, 7:11 AM ]

The Board of Directors at Woodridge Lake has hired an environmental mediator to try and help us resolve some of the ongoing issues surrounding milfoil management. A number of people have spoken to her and she has stated that the Board is not actively pursuing an application to the state for the use of herbicides for the summer of 2013. They will wait and see what she is able to accomplish. Right now she is studying the issue and gathering information and points of view. She is open to speaking with any homeowner who wants to talk to her. Her name is Cindy Cook and her telephone number is 802-272-2829.

Our organization supports her actions and wishes to be as helpful as possible without changing our core mission.

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