Pond Management Update

It has been a while since I’ve contributed to this blog.

First let me begin by stating there is no plan for treatment of Flannagan Pond this year (Summer of 2014). We had successfully lobbied for funding for two years of treatment and that has been done. There are no funds set aside for further weed treatment of Flannagan Pond.

If you are one of those who prefer to call it Fletcher Pond, good for you. But, there are still no funds.

However, there is good news for the long term. The Annual Town Meeting gave unanimous support for funding a Comprehensive Pond Management Plan that will be looking at most of the connected ponds in the Town of Ayer. The plan will address a multitude of issues, including storm water, vegetation and weed management, fishing and wildlife, boating and recreation.

When this plan is completed, The Conservation Commission, Pond and Dam Committee and the Recreation Committee will be armed with sufficient information to be in a position to argue for an annual Pond Management Operating Budget. Such a budget would make pond maintenance an ongoing process, rather than one subject to the whims of political issues.

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