Lake Associations are formed to protect the lake’s future and resolve problems that maybe threatening the lake’s health. Members of a lake association meet to discuss lake issues and determine courses of action to protect their lake. They can: attend town meetings to be a voice for the lake, apply for grants to protect or improve the lake, monitor the lake or pond for invasive species and check water quality, work with the towns to address watershed issues including increased cleaning of storm drains, implementing new storm water control techniques, work with planning boards to reduce the impact of increasing development, attend workshops to gain more knowledge about lake ecology, hydrology etc., and hold training workshops to educate the community about lake and watershed issues.
About 35% of the recreational lakes in Massachusetts have an association, some more active than others. Most of the time there will be a President and Board of Directors. It is suggested that you contact these individuals about lake management issues they are currently working on. They are a great resource for lake information. Most associations charge a fee to join… anywhere from $10 to $150 per year and membership is usually voluntary.