The Three Lakes Council develops recommended actions based on scientific data and on the priorities of the lake residents. In August, we sent a survey to gather your views. We received 152 responses –thank you! A summary of the findings are listed below. The results are quantified and you can read the comments on the survey page.

Uses and concerns

  • The most common uses are non-motorized boating, scenic enjoyment, and swimming
  • Water clarity and the amount of weeds are the most frequent indicators of water quality to residents
  • The biggest areas of concern on all lakes are algae, invasive weeds, and harmful algal blooms.
  • On Waccabuc, inconsiderate motorboat operation is also a concern
  • Residents on Oscaleta and Rippowam are concerned about beaver debris obstructing the channel


  • Residents strongly support protection of undeveloped land and goose egg oiling
  • Education on motorboat rules, lakeside buffer plantings, and septic technologies is supported
  • Local management approaches for lake weed management are preferred to lake-wide approaches

About us

  • Lake water is a source of household water for 10% of the respondents
  • Bottled water is used for drinking by 28%, water filters by 37%, and water softeners by 32%
  • The newsletters, the google group, and the website are the best ways to communicate
  • Information from the Three Lakes Council has changed the behavior of 29% of the residents

We did a similar survey in 2006.  The 2016 survey indicates:

  • Geese droppings are not as large of a problem, and more support goose egg oiling than in 2006
  • Beaver are a new concern (new in our lakes and a new question since the 2006 survey)
  • More support for protection of undeveloped land than in previous survey
  • Continued high concern with lake clarity and the amount of lake “weeds”
  • Less concern with motorboat operations, runoff, and septic systems compared to 2006
  • Septic systems are pumped less frequently: now 41% pump every 1 or 2 years, previously 59% did

The Three Lakes Council board will carefully consider your input as we prioritize our actions.  Please read more on our website and let us know if you have any questions or more input on this survey.  And of course, you can always contact your association’s representative to the Three Lakes Council or contact us directly at