First "Float-Up" on pond gathered 6 Boats for Pleasant Drift
Several intrepid late August boaters gathered for a pleasant evening of hors d'eouvres, drifting lashed together for the first (so far as we can tell!) Hobbs Pond Float Up. This was a fun way to visit with old friends and make new acquaintances from around the Pond. We shared delicious appetizers, brought our own beverages; one in the group even tried drift fishing! Stay tuned here for news of the next scheduled float up next summer! Hope to see you on the Pond.
Coastal Mountains Land Trust Announces Grassy Pond and Mirror Lake Conservation Effort
The Coastal Mountains Land Trust announced at our annual meeting on Wednesday evening that the areas around Grassy Pond and Mirror Lake will be placed in conservation easements so that no development of those properties can take place in the future. Since upgrading their facilities to include filtration abilities, the property around the Maine Water Company reservoirs had been opened to the possibility of development. However, the Water Company has pledged to work with the Land Trust to preserve the natural state of the property and to help provide the means to open trails through that land. This is exciting news!
Update: Loon Found Dead on Shore was victim of Boat Strike
A dead adult loon was found on the shore of Loon Lane on July 19, 2014. It was delivered to a game warden who transferred it to Avian Haven for a preliminary examination. An x-ray showed no evidence of lead shot or sinkers, so lead poisoning was probably not the cause of death. Other evidence from the initial examination showed injuries consistent with being struck by a boat. The loon was transferred to Tufts University for a necropsy which, unfortunately, confirmed the earlier examination.
Later in the same summer (2014) another dead adult bird was found on the opposite side of the lake. As before, no lead shot or sinkers were found in the bird; and again, preliminary examination showed what appeared to be boat-strike injuries. We will update this page when final results of the necropsy are made public.
Water Testing Results
One of the larger expenses incurred by the Association is testing the general health of the water in Hobbs Pond due to the density of cottages and increasing use of the lake. The testing program has begun again already. Last summer the water was tested several times for clarity, oxygen content and temperature, as well as for enterococcal contamination. While clarity, oxygen and temperature remained close to past readings, enterococcal plate counts were found to be high enough to cause concern during August of 2013. Enterococci counts are used as a proxy for fecal contamination which can be caused by failed septic systems around the ponds, or runoff from surrounding areas, or from animals. Association members notified property owners along their roads and posted a notice at the public landing that water should be treated before drinking, and that swimming may not be advisable at such times. We reiterate that the Town of Hope, NOT the Hobbs and Fish Ponds Association, has authority to determine if an when to issue Do Not Drink, or Do Not Swim notices. The HFPA notifies the Town of Hope when test results warrant. We also advise our members when test results approach levels deemed unsafe by the State of Maine.
There is a simple test that you can use to help determine whether your septic leach field is operating properly - a harmless dye can be flushed into the system; the dye will surface on your property or in the pond within a few days if your system is failing. If this is the case, you can consider the steps necessary to correct the situation.
What a Difference a Year Makes: Winter of 2015 Relatively Snowless/Iceless
Not much ice fishing was to be had on the ponds last winter, and snowmobiling was thwarted too in what was the polar (pun intended) opposite of the winter before.