The Lake Management Group was formed in January 2009. Recognizing that a focused, comprehensive effort would serve the lake well, the Board approved formation of the group to evaluate all aspects of our lake environment and identify issues that may now or in future affect the natural health of the lake. The group’s purposes are to:

  • Evaluate the quality of the lake ecosystem
  • Research options to address issues and their management
  • Recommend best courses of action to the Board
  • Provide timely, in-depth information to residents
  • Raise money to fund initiatives

A major directive from the Board for the Lake Management Group is to involve residents from all parts of the lake. Your help is much needed! If you can participate in a single event, take part in a seasonal project, or join a subcommittee for a year, please contact a Board member, Lake Management Group Chair, Co-Chair, or subcommittee leader. The commitment may be long or short term, but the benefits to the community will be lasting. To contact Board members and Group chairs, please contact the office at hickoryhills@net1plus.com or call the lake office at 978-582-6365.

Why do we need LMG?

All lakes have a natural life cycle. Over time, a lake will gradually fill with sediment and become marshland, eventually reverting back to meadow and forest. This natural process is accelerated in areas where human activity affects the watershed and the quality of the water itself. Much can be done, however, to appropriately manage and maintain a healthy lake for a very long time to come.

In fact, the Hickory Hills Lake Board of Directors and many dedicated volunteers have long been successfully managing our lake environment, including collecting floating debris, harvesting weeds and testing the water quality. You may know about the work of the Loosestrife Vigilantes, or the Fanwort Surveyors, ever on the alert for invasive weeds, as well as the cooperative efforts between the residents of Little Hickory and the Board to control weeds.

To date, issues that have been identified for LMG study / action are:

  • Weed management
  • Fanwort
  • Silting/sedimentation mitigation
  • Inlet flow monitoring, specifically at Mulpus Brook
  • Erosion control