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The adopt a boat ramp program is currently looking for a new chair. Below is a short description of the program and its importance to the lake. If you are interested in helping please contact Marc or Jarrod.
Big Pond Residents,
It's all happening . . . At the Boat Ramp! Come and volunteer.
Like a bustling bazaar, come to the Big Pond boat ramp on a weekend this summer. Feel the energy of the kayakers bobbing in the water, the hunger of the fishermen and fisherwomen and the growls of their motors, the roars of the young at heart jet skiers, and the calm of the sail-boaters wearing shorts and docksiders. Meet the Russian comrade who fishes from the shore of the grassy cove. Come and volunteer to welcome visitors to Big Pond. Bring a comfortable chair. Bring a book, sunglasses, camera. Brush up on the adopt-a-boat ramp brochure. As a Big Pond Association volunteer, day trippers will be happy to meet you and hear about the Lake. Tell them about how nice it is. Tell them about the Big Pond Association's successful work to prevent milfoil, zebra mussels and other non-native species from hitchhiking on boats to invade Big Pond. Let them know how important it is to clean their boats and motors, and inspect their watercraft before launching into the Creek. Offer to help inspect. You will pleased to meet all these friendly people, while you enjoy the satisfaction of helping keep the Lake free of problem plants and animals. Please remember also to bring a trash bag. In between the arrivals of pickups and SUV's straining to haul their water toys, you can stroll the parking area for cigarette butts loitering on the pavement and trash sprouting from between the emerald blades of grass. If you would like to volunteer for the Boat Ramp, please sign up for a Saturday or Sunday this summer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Informational trifold brochures, which welcome boaters to Big Pond, explain the invasive species threat and introduce the Big Pond Association, are available at the kiosk.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Lakes and Ponds Program began a Boat Ramp Monitoring Program of their own at select lakes in the Commonwealth in 2004. DCR Link . Monitoring Surveys from this program confirm the effectiveness of our own initiative. Boaters launching at Big Pond and Otis Reservoir ramps had the greatest awareness of exotic invasive species and 94.4% were aware that boats are one of the main pathways that non-native plants enter a new waterbody. Boat Ramp Monitoring Link Education and cooperation from Big Pond boaters are the keys to preventing the spread in invasive species to the lake.