MASS COLAP is a non-profit organization. Our membership consists of private lake and pond associations, publicly appointed lake committees, students and professional organizations. Our mission is to connect people and organizations who have problems, like you, to people and organizations who have solutions. We provide you with the leads and basic information so you can do the rest. We […]


  MA COLAP Individual/Association Membership:   What is our objective, and how will your support help MA-COLAP?   The purpose of the Massachusetts Congress of Lake and Pond Associations, Inc. (MA COLAP) is to preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the environmental, aesthetic, recreational and economic values of lakes and ponds, and to promote watershed management, […]

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Would you like to join a MA COLAP Chapter or make a donation? MA COLAP would like to thank all of our previous donors and welcome any new donors. Your support helps us to help you and other Lake Associations stay connected and learn together. Prefer to pay dues by mail? Download this form and forward […]

Letter From the President

Dear Members and Friends of MA COLAP,

This is the time of year we send you our semiannual issue of our newsletter Water Wisdom. In place of this edition, we are offering this letter report on the future of MA COLAP and our leadership objectives and needs. We hope you will seriously consider participating in some small part of our future agenda otherwise; MA COLAP may cease to exist.

At a meeting of the MA COLAP Board of Directors along with invited guests Ken Wagner, Ed Himlin, Mark Bellaud, and Will Stevenson held on May 14, 2013, we discussed several topics and drew some preliminary conclusions around the theme of the future of the organization.

  1. While current board members monitor state and local legislation and regulation proposals, more effort should be allocated to meeting with public officials to present lake and pond responses to such proposals. We should have a stronger voice in Boston.
  2.  In addition to the annual winter workshop, regional workshops should be implemented around the Commonwealth to reach more lake and pond organizations. Such regional meetings might be in partnership with other organizations that address lake and pond issues such as the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions.
  3. The web site should be continued but upgraded with more information on individual lake associations and more links to lake and ponds management resources. A Facebook page should also be developed.
  4. MA COLAP directors have played an important role educating lake and pond association members on management issues by publishing and mailing a semiannual newsletter. To reach a broader audience and be more cost effective, FUTURE NEWSLETTERS AND OTHER CORRESPONDENCE WILL ONLY BE DISTRIBUTED BY E-MAIL.

These are aggressive goals for a volunteer organization, but spread among nine officers and directors, should be manageable. Click here for an analysis of the current board with individual responsibilities and where we need your help. There are ample opportunities for new members to assume limited roles as MA COLAP moves forward. Please contact a board member to express your interest in guiding MA COLAP into the future and join us at the next board meeting on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 6:30 pm in the room 312 in the Sullivan Building at Worcester State University.


Al Collings


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  • 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 Lake and Pond Association […]

  • Annual Winter Workshop

    The MA COLAP Annual Winter Workshop will be on January 25, 2014. This is a great place to learn about lake and pond management and stewardship.  It is a wonderful opportunity to meet with other lake and pond enthusiasts, like yourself, to discuss current challenges and past successes.

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PO Box 873
West Brookfield, MA 01585