Ashfield residents concerned about gas-powered boats on Ashfield Lake

Franklin County

Ashfield residents are concerned about gasoline powered motorboats on the Ashfield Lake. 

The Ashfield Parks Commission created a petition to ban gas-powered boats at the lake. 58 residents have signed it. 

“The gasoline isn’t going to help the lake at all and there are more and more people swimming here,” said Dana Romer of Ashfield.

The Ashfield Lake is a popular spot for swimming and fishing in this town.

The Parks Commission believes banning gasoline-powered boats will make it safer for people who swim in the lake. The Parks Commission’s petition said gas-powered boats pollute the water and spread invasive weeds.

“The weeds are definitely real, but you can swim past them it’s probably not the cleanest lake I’ve ever swam in, it’s kind of brown and mucky when I swim,” said Lynsey Grinstein of Ashfield. 

Ashfield Town Administrator Kayce Warren told 22News the town has been working to improve the lake’s water quality and manage its invasive weeds.

“There’s been a great deal of concern about not only the water quality, but the lake itself being contaminated by invasive weeds,” said Warren. 

Warren said the Parks Commission will need to submit a drafted bylaw to the select board to ban gas-powered motorboats at the Ashfield Lake.

She said town meeting and the Attorney General’s office would need to approve a Parks Commission bylaw before it could be adopted. 

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