I just measured and we are down to 19” above normal. If GMP can sustain the 2 1/2” drop a day, the math ends up with “normal” returning in about a week. Rain will obviously slow the progress and we do have some in the forecast. We don’t have to get all the way down to normal to start safely enjoying the lake again but we do have to get low enough for our docks and shorelines to be safe from damage.
Good news is that the vast majority of boaters are staying off the lake, or at least not making waves. Bad news is that a few have been out towing and making waves and I’ve gotten several e-mails from frustrated folks that the waves are causing damage. No one is more upset about it than I am, believe me. All I can suggest is that you talk to the boaters making the waves, explain the situation, and ask them to stop. I’ve found that a majority of the offenders are from Waterhouses or from the coves on the lake that are not exposed to wave damage and explaining the situation to them (again) will usually do the trick. If you run into a day tripper or renter who just doesn’t care, you might get a rude response but at least you’ve tried.
Something else to think about is the boat parade, still scheduled for 2:00 tomorrow as far as I know. If they plan to plow around the lake as they historically have done, they could do a ton of damage. To me it seems like a slap to all the people who have given up their time out there for the good of the lake. I hope they change their plans to an idle and have a longer ride or choose a shorter route. I love the parade, but not under these circumstances.
On a lighter note, we have pictures for those who missed the fireworks last night. Thank you to Greg, Linda, and Hanna Moore and the rest the family too for this unique view from the cliffs. Just beautiful.
We finish with very exciting news for the bird community and I’ll let Jim’s note explain it. And no, I don’t know where the nest is. M.
The (big) baby Bald Eagles are high and dry (see the photo). This is the first time we have clearly seen that there are two young and that they are getting close to fledging. Notice the mottled brown and white plumage of the two young. They should fledge within the next couple weeks. The adults were not around the nest this afternoon while we were there but they could be fishing on Lake Dunmore, at the fish hatchery, or somewhere along Otter Creek since they cover lots of territory. Although, they nested in this same nest last year, this is Salisbury’s first known nesting pair in generations. We have seen individual birds and they travel through in the spring and fall, but these are our very own nesters. People should keep scanning those big pines. There may be another nest somewhere in town that we don’t know of.
Baby Eagles, June 3, 2017, Jim Andrews