Friday, August 6, 2021

Chebacco Lake Coalition Volunteer Opportunities August 6th -September 3rd

The Chebacco Lake & Watershed Association is a community-based organization working to protect the water quality and wildlife habitat of Chebacco Lake. They promote responsible use of both the lake and surrounding watershed. The association is open to all residents of the area and friends of the lake. 

Volunteer to Improve the Alewife Run from Chebacco Lake to the Essex River

From August 6th until September 3rd, the Chebacco Lake Coalition will be taking steps to improve the water flow of Alewife Brook on Chebacco Lake. They are currently seeking volunteers during this time frame to take part in restoration efforts during either morning and/or afternoon sessions for 2-3 hours each. The work will take place at the corner of Apple Street and Western Avenue in Essex, MA. On site, tools and training will be provided to remove live and dead vegetation as well as other manageable obstructions that currently block water flow. By removing these obstructions, the alewife herring will have unimpeded access to travel to and from Chebacco Lake. Additionally, the group will be clearing invasive species from the area as permitted to improve overall ecosystem health. A link to sign up through SignUp Genius as well as additional information can be found at the Chebacco Lake Restoration Landing Page Once signed up, the volunteer organizer (Cole Falk; will be in touch with more information on how to prepare for the volunteer session! Together, we can make a difference in the community and help foster a healthy Chebacco ecosystem!

Dates: August 6-September 3, 2021

Times: Morning: 9AM-12PM ; Afternoon: 1PM-4PM

Location: Corner of Apple Street and Western Avenue - Essex, MA

What is Provided: All tools and equipment, as well as instructions for performing the work, will be available at the site. Attire: Since you will be wading in the brook to remove the material, you will get wet//muddy. Water shoes, wading boots, crocs, or other old shoes you don’t mind getting wet and dirty as well as work/garden gloves are highly recommended. Comfortable outdoor clothing (shorts, pants, short- or long- sleeve shirts) which can get muddy/wet is also important.

What You Should Bring/Know: We also recommend bringing a towel, sunblock, and bug spray as well as your own water. Please bring your own food if needed. Keep in mind we will be following all local and state guidelines for COVID-19. You will also be asked to sign a liability waiver at the site.