1999 Lake Resident Survey Results

Objective: The main objective was to make sure that the Board’s efforts are focused in areas that residents feel are high priorities. A secondary objective was to learn a little more about why people chose to live here, for how long, what they’ve done for the lake, etc.

A total of 140 surveys were distributed, 72 were returned (51%).

1. How long has your Family been living on Bungay lake? · 27% = Less than 5 years · 15% = 5 to 10 years · 31% = 10 to 25 years · 17% = 25 to 50 years · 11% = Over 50 years

2. What one attribute best describes your choice to live on the water. In other words, which do you value most? · 39% = Recreational use (swimming, boating, fishing, etc.) · 47% = Solitude, quite atmosphere (wildlife, ever-changing views, etc.) · 14% = The lake lifestyle (entertaining, community, boat parade, etc.) Other reasons noted: – “3 generations of ownership” – “Private lake”

3. What do you believe are the most important lake issues that the Board must address? (Shown most important to least important): · #1 (11.90%) = Weed control · #2 (11.76%) = Water quality improvements · #3 (11.63%) = Lake water level (Witch Pond well sites) · #4 (7.94%) = Recreational safety. · #5 (7.87%) = Dredging · #6 (7.35%) = Watershed management · #7 (5.85%) = Property damage and thefts · #8 (5.4%) = Noise control

Other important issues noted: Clean Bungay river, septic education, geese control, Homestead Restaurant concerns, PWC (Jet-Ski) education, Right-of-ways, property maintenance, and Lake clean-up efforts.

4. Once the highest priority issue is identified above, would you be willing to endorse a special financial “assessment” to support its resolution? · 83% = Yes · 17% = No A general comment was “with-in reason”.

5. If the Board of Directors could do just one thing for the lake this year, what would it be? The top 5 themes are outlined below. · #1 (37%) = Increase dredging & weed control efforts · #2 (17%) = Understand/Propose water level control standards · #3 (11%) = Improve water quality activities, document, publicize · #4 (7%) = Implement recreational safety program lake-wide · #5 (6%) = PWC education and noise control

6. What have you done recently to help manage, protect and preserve your lake resources? The top 4 themes are outlined below. · #1 (36%) = Regularly remove weeds and debris from shore-line · #2 (19%) = Use low pH fertilizer on lawn (or none at all) · #3 (15%) = Replaced Septic recently / Septic pumped regularly · #4 (12%) = Use non-pH household products and chemicals

Other important efforts noted: established lake-front buffer zone, built retaining walls, did NOT add sand to beach area, participated in past Associations/efforts, and “paid my dues”.

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