Water Quality & YOU

It has been a while since I have challenged your knowledge of water quality issues, so see how well you do on this short quiz. The biggest threat to water quality in HVL is? Wild animals defecating in the water Oil and gas spills from boats Sedimentation Fertilizer Runoff Trash blocking water channels If you … Read more…

How Storm Water Impacts Our lakes

What you can do to help Many of us experienced leaky roofs and water in our basements during all of those big May storms, but did you know that those storms also had a major impact on our lakes? Woody debris from dead trees and private dumping in ravines clogged several of the outflows from … Read more…

Bamboo – Just Don’t Plant It!

Recently, I have investigated two complaints from residents who are concerned that bamboo planted by a neighbor is spreading into their yard or HVL greenspaces. Unfortunately, there is no HVL rule prohibiting the planting of bamboo, but as your Natural Resources Coordinator, I strongly discourage it. Much of the bamboo sold at local nurseries and … Read more…

What To Do With Hazardous Household Waste

Special collection event for hazardous waste — Wednesday, May 31, 9:00 a.m. – 6 p.m. You sorted out all of the stuff in your garage to find treasures for the rummage sale, so now what do you do with all the old electronics and half-used cans that no one snatched up? What you should NOT … Read more…

Ash Trees: EAB Update

Is it Too Late to Save Your Ash Trees? By now you have probably heard of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and the devastation this tiny pest can cause to ash trees. Few things in life are guaranteed, but 100% of untreated ash trees WILL die! Dead ash trees become brittle and are dangerous when left … Read more…

Don’t “P” in the Lake

Keep Our Lakes Healthy It looks like we may have another hot summer that increases the possibility of an algae bloom on our lake. Such blooms are natural, but can be accelerated if there is an excess amount of phosphate in the water. This can occur in spring when the surface water temperatures warm bringing … Read more…

Why warm winters are bad for the environment

Whether or not you agree with the interpretation of worldwide weather data that indicates a climatic warming trend, you have probably seen something locally that indicates that things are changing. For me, that change is the earlier bloom times in buckeye trees over the 28 years that I have lived in HVL. Why have I … Read more…

Keeping Hidden Valley Lake Clean

How regulations help keep our lake clean and chemical free – We are lucky that there are no sewage plants, agricultural lots, or industries discharging pollutants upstream of our lake. If fact, most sources of point water pollution in the United States have been eliminated through the efforts of (and regulations initiated by) the Environmental … Read more…

Don’t Dump Yard Waste

Reminder – do not dump yard waste in HVL green spaces or lakes! When I was at the marina the other day waiting for the swans to pose for a picture, I noticed a bundle of cut branches floating around the docks. It was easy to identify as American Beautyberry by the small purple berries. … Read more…

Why is the bark falling off your ash trees?

The next phase of the Emerald Ash Borer infestation – One of my neighbors recently asked me what was causing the bark to fall off of his ash trees even though it did not have dead limbs at the top. I have to admit to some initial uncertainty about the cause. After all, by now … Read more…