Lake & Pond News

Program for Annual Workshop!

Please see attached PDF for the program for the 2017 workshop Program Announcement 317

Join Us For Our Annual Conference: Climate Change and Lakes in Massachusetts – April 7th

Friday April 7th, 2017 MA DFW Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA 01581 COLAP will be hosting our annual meeting at the the LEED certified Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Headquarters in Westborough, MA. We will discuss how climate change affects lakes in Massachusetts, currently as well as in the future. We will host a variety of… Read more »

Boat Excise Tax Information

BOAT EXCISE TAX All sums received from the excise imposed under this chapter shall be paid into the treasury of the city or town and fifty per cent of said excise shall be credited to the municipal waterways improvement and maintenance fund established under the provisions of section five G of chapter forty. This… Read more »

Resigning as Executive Director

Dear MA COLAP Community, Unfortunately, I can no longer serve as the Executive Director. It has been a pleasure and honor to serve as the director and I will miss the position greatly. I am proud of the organization’s growth during my year and a half tenure. We have added four highly skilled board members… Read more »

DCR is hiring!

Help protect state owned lakes and ponds this summer! Be a boat ramp monitor and environmental educator.  

Join us for our 2016 Conference on Lake Management – May 21 & 22

The New England Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society and the Massachusetts Congress of Lake and Pond Associations are offering a two day seminar on addressing lake management in today’s world. Join us on May 20 and 21, 2016, at the Holiday Inn in Marlborough, MA (junction of Rt 495 and Rt 20)… Read more »

DCR Seeks Applicants for Partnership Matching Funds Program

Boston—February 10, 2016—Today, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Leo Roy has announced that the agency is now accepting applications for the FY’17 Partnerships Matching Funds Program. The grant program, which DCR will allocate up to $1.5 million in matching funds, assists in financing capital projects proposed by park advocacy groups, civic and community… Read more »

Message from the new Director

Dear MA COLAP Community, It was with great pleasure and excitement that I recently accepted the Executive Director position for MA COLAP. I am very motivated to start working with you and my fellow board members to implement beneficial changes for the Massachusetts lake loving community. I hope to make COLAP a useful tool for… Read more »

Getting connected

MA COLAP provides excellent opportunities to share information and experiences. We encourage our members to stay connected with each other year-round. If you would like to get connected with MA COLAP please consider coming to our Annual Winter Workshop, stopping by one of our Board Meetings, or attending an event sponsored by one of our… Read more »

Modifications Proposed to Current Trapping Law

The following letter composed by the Committee for Responsible Wildlife Management (CRWM) to the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, describes the CRWM’s position of support for pending legislation regarding modifications to current trapping laws. For more information on the Committee for Responsible Wildlife Management please visit their website