About Us

About Us

 

WHO WE ARE

MRPG  is a local non-profit, community membership organization of shoreline  property owners, lake users, community associations and other concerned  parties working to protect and improve the health of Moodus Reservoir, a  five hundred acre lake located in the village of Moodus in the town of  East Haddam, CT.   Moodus Reservoir supports the town’s only public  beach and provides two state boat launches for the recreational  enjoyment of town and visiting swimmers, boaters and fishermen.

The  mission of this charitable 501(c)(3) non-stock corporation is to a)  increase public awareness of emerging and ongoing threats to the health  of our lake through newsletters, local publications, website and social  media; and b) work with local and state agencies to implement programs  to promote, protect and improve the environmental quality of the  Reservoir and its fragile ecosystem, to include the development of  invasive plant monitoring and control programs to protect and enhance  the overall quality of Moodus Reservoir. 

OUR HISTORY

MRPG  began in 2010 as a small gathering of several lake front families who  were concerned with the findings of the 2009 Connecticut Agricultural  Experiment Station (CAES) Aquatic Vegetation Survey which recorded  abundant plant life throughout the lake including 24 native species and,  more worrisome, 3 non-native invasive weeds.  These findings by CAES  along with personal observations from boaters, fishermen and lake  property owners led to the formation of MRPG an unincorporated group of  like-minded citizens concerned with the health of the lake.

We  began to dialogue with CAES, the town of East Haddam, DEEP and other  lake associations throughout the state regarding our concerns with the  rapid increase in invasive plants in the reservoir.  Between 2010 and  end of 2012 we published several newsletters and articles in local  publications to educate the public regarding our concerns with invasive  weed growth and lake water quality.  This led to modest increases in  MRPG membership.

In the spring of 2012 we endorsed a new CAES  study of the Reservoir’s upper and lower basins with the cost of the  study shared by the town of East Haddam.  The study was conducted in the  summer of 2012, published in the spring of 2013 and presented by Greg  Bugbee from CAES in a public meeting chaired by MRPG and attended by  town and state public officials, as well as interested town residents.

It  was during this meeting that MRPG was encouraged by town and state  officials to become a unifying representative voice for the health of  the Reservoir, and was the genesis of MRPG’s formation as a non-stock  corporation with the State of Connecticut and subsequent registration  with the Federal Government as a charitable 501(c)(3) organization.

Since  2013 we have published close to 20 newsletters, articles in local and  state publications, and information on our social media site concerning  topics that have an impact on the health and well-being of the  reservoir, including numerous discussions regarding non-native invasive  aquatic weeds and our plans to treat them, guidance on the safe use of  fertilizers, reminders for septic system cleanout and maintenance, boat  cleaning guidelines, storm drain issues, lake workshop invitations, and  invitations to the public to join Moodus Reservoir Preservation Group.

For  fiscal year 2015 we applied for and received grants from the CT  Department of Energy Environmental Protection and the Environmental  Professionals of Connecticut, along with matching funds from the Town of  East Haddam.  Our project goal for 2015, detailed in our grant  applications, has been a focused study of the contact herbicides Clipper  and Reward applied to 25 acres of the reservoir to test their  effectiveness in controlling Fanwort and Variable Milfoil.  Please see  the accompanying white paper concerning this project.

​For  Fiscal year 2016 we focused our efforts on a whole lake water chemistry  and aquatic vegetation survey conducted by CT Agricultural Extension  Station (CAES) continuity with prior surveys conducted in 1980, 1984,  2009, 2012. The report concluded that there are 34 native plants and 4  invasive plants with a significant increase in number and density of  invasive weeds. There also was a new invasive species called identified  as "Large Floating Bladderwort" which has never been seen in Connecticut  until now. We also began to look at treatment options to combat  the invasive weeds including Benthic Barriers and weed Harvesting  Machines. 

​For  Fiscal year 2017​ we decided to move forward with the purchase of the  eco-harvester and associated accessories for a budget amount of  $100,000.00. We also established two subcommittees:

1. The Equipment Operations Subcommittee  

2. Fund Raising Subcommittee

​​For  Fiscal year 2019, The MRPG is focused on primarily on fundraising.  Numerous events were attended including Lakeside Dan's Save the Lakes,  MRPG Picnic, East Haddam Events, we also began to sell Tee Shirts &  Raffle tickets. There has been numerous donations from property owners  and businesses. As of July 22, 2018, $21,000 has been raised for the  equipment purchase.


​​For  Fiscal year 2019, The MRPG was focused primarily on more fundraising.  Numerous events were attended including Lakeside Dan's Save the Lakes,  MRPG Picnic, East Haddam Events, Tee Shirts sales &  Raffle tickets. There has been numerous donations from property owners  and businesses. As of October 8, 2019, $92,500 has been raised for the  equipment purchase. A Purchase order and down payment was issued on October 31, 2019.

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