and Ponds Committee
2009, after many years of dedicated service to Waterford Pointe,
working hand-in-hand with Developer Bill Kribs, Mark Novokowsky
resigned as Chairman of the Lakes and Ponds Committee.
the years, his services were impossible to measure. He brought
a level of knowledge to this subject that cannot be gained
anywhere else in Central Florida. It's what he does!
Mark will reconsider and once again take charge of this huge
then or until someone with the proper qualifications steps forward,
Dick Smith will be filling in.
below is the latest water elevation update - provided by Mark
elevations of Lake Roberts from October 2004 through January 2009
are shown on the graph. According to studies conducted
by Orange County in the past, the normal high water elevation of
Lake Roberts is supposed to be 109 feet above sea level.
Comparatively, Lake Crescent is normally at 101 feet above sea
level, Lake Butler at 98 feet above sea level, and Lake Tilden 96
feet above sea level.
If you would like to download a graph of these levels, simply ...
State of Lake Roberts
Roberts is currently infected with many invasive aquatic plant
species including hydrilla, southern niad, water hyacinth, coontail,
duckweed, algae, and cattails which prevent activities such as
swimming and boating in some locations depending on the time of
year. The grass carp
(fish) that were installed in April 2006 have shown great success in
controlling some of the invasive species, especially hydrilla.
However, Lake Roberts will always be very susceptible to these
invasive aquatic plants and will require constant attention and
maintenance to prevent the invasive species from completely
“choking” the lake if left unattended. Our committee maintains
constant contact with the Orange County Environmental Protection
Department and greatly values their support in monitoring the
invasive species and providing chemical treatments in the past.
Ponds of Waterford Pointe
ponds in Waterford Point are monitored and treated on a monthly
basis by a contractor who specializes in such work.
The ponds are actually storm water collection reservoirs that
receive storm water runoff from common areas, developed lots, as
well as the roads within the subdivision. As such, the water quality
of the ponds is greatly affected by the influx of common pollutants
such as herbicides, pesticides, automotive residues, etc. Although
some of our residents like fishing the ponds, we strongly advise
against the consumption of any catch.
The ponds also have fountains and lighting primarily for
aesthetic purposes and are maintained by the Landscape Committee so
please report any outages or other such concerns to a committee
member or the Board of Directors.
Lake Roberts - Maintenance & Restoration
were informed by the Orange County Environmental Protection
Department in late January 2009 that they are going to schedule a
community meeting sometime in the next couple of months regarding
the establishment of a Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU) for
Lake Roberts. The MSBU
would be established to collect tax dollars from residents who own
property on Lake Roberts including residents of Waterford Pointe
since each homeowner has access to Lake Roberts via the recreational
area. The tax would
fund the restoration and maintenance of Lake Roberts as administered
by the Orange County Environmental Protection Department.
Lakefront Clearing and Dock
You should be aware that it is against the law to
remove vegetation including invasive species or spray chemicals
along the shore line (including the canal), build a dock, etc.
without first obtaining a permit from Orange County and the
Architectural Review Committee of the WPHOA.
to obtained additional information from Orange County’s web site.
County Health officials are warning residents to be extremely
cautious in central Florida lakes and other bodies of water due to
the threat of the deadly amoeba (naegleria fowleri) that caused the
deaths of 3 young boys. Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty said the
safest thing people can do is stay out of the water. Health
officials said that there is an increased risk of infection by the
organism in all freshwater areas throughout Florida, especially
during summer months when the water temperature exceeds 80 degrees.
Water sports or activities such as wakeboarding, water skiing,
swimming or diving puts people at a greater risk, officials said.
Health officials are urging residents to take precautions.
clips or hold your nose when swimming, jumping or diving in any
fresh water -- Closed nostrils reduce your risk of infection by
amoebic encephalitis, a rare but life-threatening condition.
Do not swim
in warm standing water, such as ponds, lakes, storm water retention
areas or in areas posted "No Swimming" -- Bacteria and
other harmful organisms thrive in warm, standing water. Seek prompt
medical attention if you become ill after swimming in freshwater.
with obvious algal blooms. Contact with your skin may cause rash, runny nose
and burning eyes.
year health experts issue warnings to educate the public about the
amoeba that thrives in all fresh water bodies when the water
temperature rises. Naegleria Fowleri is a
microscopic amoeba most commonly found in the upper layer of
sediment in the bottom of lakes and ponds with mud floors. Symptoms
of amoebic encephalitis include headache, fever, nausea and
vomiting, stiff neck, confusion, lack of attention to people and
surroundings, loss of balance and bodily control, seizures and
hallucinations. The amoeba invades the brain and the disease
progresses rapidly, usually resulting in death within three to seven
days. The infection cannot be spread from person to person or
contracted from a properly maintained swimming pool.
“A lake is the
landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is the
earth’s eye looking into which the beholder measures the depth of
his own nature.”
Henry David Thoreau