Vol. II No. 18 9/15/2021
Notes from the Stockbridge Bowl Stewardship Commission, September 3, Hybrid Meeting
- John Loiodice, Vice Chair
- Michael Nathan
- Roxanne McCaffrey
- Michael Buffoni
- Present via Zoom:
- Jim Wilusz
- Charles Kenny
- Louis Korman
- Bruce Ruben
- Approved Minutes from 08/20/21
- Harvesting: second harvester ready to go. Need to check if GPS is operable and the cost of transporting "Big Green Harvester" to The Bowl.
- Kenny reported on the Tri-Town Health meeting:
- Covid cases in Lenox, Lee and Stockbridge rose over the summer with major increases in two of three towns and stability — no rise — in Stockbridge.
- In 45% - 62% of cases, the person was vaccinated.
- Efficacy of the vaccinations falls off; it falls off fastest with J&J.
- First vaccination booster centers will open on Stockbridge September 21.
- Wilusz reported that masks are recommended, not mandated. If the recommendation does not work, and cases continue to rise, Tri-Town will mandate masks.
- Lake Drive Association's continues wan to be added to sewer.
- Buffoni, Water Superintendent
- "Purpose of SBSC to maintain water quality." Does lakeside houses connecting to sewer relate to water quality in the lake? Prosphate and nitrate levels seem low and safe. (Generally higher is septic leaking or seeping into lake
- "If this weather is the new norm [persistent heavy rains], there will be work to do on the sewers"
- Water testing continued June, July, August, and September.
- Discussion returned to the harvester.
- Nathan questioned putting the second harvester in the water
- Louis Korman asked that the cuttings (harvested weeds) be collected; not allowed to wash up on shore.
- McCaffrey said the cuttings were on shore because harvester capsized, and cuttings dumped.
- Bruce Ruben once drove the harvesters. He said the harvester that capsized was smaller and could not collect all it cuts. He added the Town should "get going" with the harvesting. Buy a GPS if the other is broken.
- After a few people spoke about need for harvesting excessive weeds due to rain and/or and lack of harvesting in 2020, Nathan withdrew his objection. Ruben volunteered to drive the Big Green Harvester.
Visitor. Photo: Lenore Sundberg