For Immediate Release: 10/29/2021 12:23 pm
The City of Worcester Department of Sustainability and Resilience advises residents of the Indian Lake area that the lake will begin its drawdown on or around Nov. 1.
The water level will be reduced several inches per day over the course of the next few weeks up to three feet. The lake will then be maintained at that level throughout the winter to help manage non-native invasive aquatic weeds. The water will be brought back up to normal levels by no later than April 1st.
Water level drawdowns are one of several lake management practices used to reduce the density of invasive aquatic plants, specifically Eurasian milfoil, by exposing them to the winter elements. While previously the drawdown was an annual event, due to the diversification of invasive plant management techniques at the Lake, there is no drawdown planned for the winter of 2022/23.
To learn more about the lake management plan, please visit http://www.worcesterma.gov/sustainability-resilience/recreational-waters.
The drawdown is coordinated with the Indian lake Watershed Association, and has been approved by the Worcester Conservation Commission. Please feel free to reach out to DSR’s Lakes and Ponds Program for more information at GreenWorcester@worcesterma.gov.