The Wetlands Protection Act requires any work done on waterfront property within 100 feet buffer zone of the lake, 200 feet buffer from a stream MUST be approved by Holland’s Conservation Committee. Conservation meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at the Town Hall, 27 Sturbridge Rd, at 7 pm.
The Town of Holland and its residents, specifically those who live on and use Hamilton Reservoir have struggled to preserve this valuable resource for the past two decades. In 1998 the Board of Selectmen retained Aquatic Control Technology to develop a management plan for the reservoir. Hamilton Reservoir is a beautiful 400+ acre body of water which had become inundated with aquatic plant growth. A number of studies and various management techniques were undertaken. Like many water bodies in the Northeast, Hamilton Reservoir had an infestation of the aquatic plant Milfoil and other invasive plants which spread throughout the lake.
Each spring the lake is treated with the herbicide Reward at a rate of one gallon per acre. The Lake Management company files permits with Connecticut DEEP and Massachusetts DEP. Biological surveys of the water body are conducted before and after the treatment. We continued to treat invasive weeds. In the late fall, the Town does a draw- down of 24 inches of water through late February and/or early March weather permitting. This is another weed treatment process to help with controlling invasive weeds.
The FHRA offered a match to homeowners for weed treatment and donated over $12,000 to treat Watershield and Tapegrass weeds in the fall of 2015. And in 2016 the Town voted to budget funds to pay for weed treatments up $29,000 per year starting in fiscal year 2017. The 3- year contract is with Solitude Lake Management (formerly ACT). Each year the Town must vote at the Annual Meeting to continue to fund these treatments.
CONSERVATION: Visit Town of Holland Web site for Conservation Commission information.
Holland's Wetlands Protection Brochure for the Homeowner
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