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Summer 2016
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Welcome to
CONGAMOND.ORG
Home of Citizens Restoring Congamond
West Suffield, CT.
Southwick, MA.
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C.R.C. Officers for 2016
 Deb Herath - President
 Kevin Maloney - Vice President
 Anne Gustafson - Treasurer
 Rob Tatro - Secretary



CRC News -

CRC 4th of July Boat Parade to be held on Saturday, July 2, 2016. Gather at Babb's Park Beach at 5 PM, leave at 6 PM
This Year's Theme is "Patriotic"

Gypsy Moths & Potential Tree Damage

There was a very significant infestation of Gypsy Moths in 1972. Many of the oak trees in our area were defoliated, with the droppings causing a mess on decks, walks etc. and generally kept us from enjoying the outside.  We learned ways of dealing with the moths that summer as best we could but we considered it a "lost" season to say the least!

How To Fight Back

Last year we noticed the moths had returned so I contacted Kirby Stafford at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, questioning what the moth infestation might be like this summer.  He sent a "Guide to Gypsy Moth Management" which is very informative.

Also, please checkout www.ct.gov/caes  on the home page - Scroll down to find "Latest News" click on May 3, 2016 List of fact sheets.  Scroll to PDF then go to and click on:  New May 2016 Gypsy Moth.

Kirby is expecting some activity this year but is hoping the recent rains will "kick in" the GM fungus and prevent a major outbreak.  He stated it is already too late to destroy the eggs; therefore the next step is management.  Both of the articles explain the options available - some can be done by us while others require hiring an arborist to apply chemicals. 

As I said, the attachment is a more indepth article that he sent in 2015. Good Luck!

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Janeene Crane for CRC

Reduce Phosphorus, Reduce Weeds In Your Lake

Organic fertilizer significantly reduces phosphorus “loading: from lawn runoff. Espoma Organic 4-step fertilizer gives great results.  Available at IBS in Southwick and Agway in Westfield for $99.99 for 5000 sq. ft. coverage and includes all four steps for that price.  Espoma also makes “natural” weed and bug eliminators that keep the nasty pesticides out of the watershed. While it’s bit pricy, so is your time if you rake weeds away from your shoreline. It won’t eliminate all natural weeds nor milfoil, but if everyone does their part, it will cut down on phosphorus that helps weeds grow.

 

 

North Pond Land Acquisition Project

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Some of our Events . Hover over picture to stop slideshow.

 
CRC Meetings for 2016
For timely updates on lake health, fundraisers and more.
All Meetings are at 7:00 PM
April 19
May 10
June 14
July 12
August 9
September 13
October 11
All Meetings are held at Crabby Joe's- 141 Congamond Rd.,, Southwick, MA
 
CRC & Town of Suffield Lake Cleanup Day
Pics from the Event

Click here for an interesting Video entitled
"Reflections on Congamond Lakes - Southwick, Massachusetts. An oral history."




 

 
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