The Lake Raponda Greeter Program had another successful year
protecting the Lake from the infestation of invasive plants and
animals, like watermilfoil, water chestnuts, and zebra mussels to
name a few. In this effort, both paid and volunteer greeters
completed over 800 boat and trailer inspections over the COVID
shortened summer at the state owned boat launch at the north end
of the lake.
In addition to the completing visual inspections, the greeters
collected other valuable information about boat traffic during the
summer months. Two interesting findings about boats that use the
- Over 90% of watercraft are non-motorized.
- Over 80% of watercraft used Lake Raponda almost
Lake Raponda is truly a neighbor lake used primarily by
kayakers, paddle boarders, and canoeists. Most of the motorized
boat traffic occurs following fish stocking by the state in
spring and early summer.
In addition to help funding paid greeters last year, the
Association provided volunteers who spent over 100 hours
completing boat inspections helping to keep invasive plants and
animals out of the Lake. This added about 2 days per week of
greeter coverage and inspections over the summer. Funding for the
Association’s part of the greeter grant came from
Association dues. In the future the newly formed Lake
Raponda Environmental Foundation
will fund the grant to help
make the Greeter Program a sustainable long-lasting program.
Please consider volunteering next year or applying to be a paid
greeter. For more detail on volunteering pleases call Bob Bois at
508-877-7876 or email Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org.