Become an Apprentice! Pick a Committee or two or three that interests you: water testing, invasive plants, water markers, dam keepers, newsletter, membership, environmental protection, refreshment, etc. Work side by side with our present volunteers to see how things are accomplished. BPIA has made some major accomplishments toward keeping Our Pond pristine and healthy; but it’s going to take the future generations to keep up what we have done and to continue to do so, moving forward. Please contact us if you have an interest. Become a Member…
1. Water skiers and wake boarders need a spotter (age 10+) in addition to a driver.
2. All boaters must go at slow or no wake speed anywhere within 200 ft. of the shore line.
3. The driver of a boat may not drink alcohol on the boat.
4. Game wardens on lakes/ponds have the same authority as police officers on the road.
5. Boaters need to turn on their lights at sunset.
6. Swimmers in the middle of the pond must be accompanied by someone in a boat.
7. Every boat must have valid registration, fire extinguisher, life jackets (1/person).
8. Children under 10 must be wearing their life jacket.
9. NO BATHING, NO SHAMPOOING HAIR, etc. in the pond. The phosphorus in soap is our enemy and leads to algae blooms and very visible green slime!
10. See the Buoy Map for details on navigational aids.
In 2012 BPIA’s Water Hazards Committee purchased buoys to mark various hazards throughout Big and Little Bear Ponds. Refer to the Spring, 2013 Newsletter for complete details. The buoys are put in place every April as soon after Ice Out as possible and removed after October 1st.
You can help by letting us help you in identifying potential threats. The BIGGEST threat to a lake is soil erosion which carries phosphorus and plant fertilizer – changing a crystal blue lake into a slimy green one choked with algae. It is far cheaper and easier to prevent problems than it is to fix them later!
RULE 1: COVER BARE AREAS: Bare soil near the pond can be covered to a depth of 4 inches with EMC (an erosion control mix) made up of stump grindings that are heavier than regular mulch and hold the soil well.
RULE 2: PLANT A VEGETATIVE BUFFER: A plant buffer is a lake’s best friend trapping and absorbing soil sediment. There are low growing bushes that do not block your lake view.
RULE 3: GET WATER OFF ROADS, PATHS AND DRIVEWAYS ASAP: Open culverts and use of peat gravel can help and for seasonal camps a rubber bar across the road to divert water.
More complicated projects may qualify for a grant. Contact BPIA’s Protection Committee for information.
Check out our Wildlife Page for some short term solution ideas and links to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services’ available programs.