What’s going on?

What is that at the Park?
It is a Rain Garden.  Historically surface runoff after rains flowed over the grass areas in the park and collected and eroded the shoreline each year, bringing excess nutrients and sediment into the pond.  A Rain Garden is a garden placed in a water runoff area which collects and sends the surface runoff down into the ground where it will perk and be cleaned by the soils similar to the process performed by your leaching field.  This project was designed and installed by Brian Wood and is quite deep with crushed stone acting as an under-surface reservoir for rain collection and infiltration.
The Rain Garden will also be a low barrier which may deter geese from hanging out in the grassy area between the volleyball court and the water.  Geese like a clear view of water when they feed.  Although we did not design this specifically for that purpose, it may be a result.  The Rain Garden was funded through our DEP grant, and the Town of North Reading also supplied Brian’s labor, some materials, and use of Town equipment.  There will be a sign in the garden explaining its purpose.
What are those rolls in the water by the pumping station?
Another part of the grant, or project S.H.O.R.E. (Shoreline Home Owner Restoration Effort) has also begun.  Lori Lynes has replaced her walls which were heavily eroded and we will be restoring the shoreline with natural vegetation. Last week, Dr. Lyon and a Merrimack student, and Lida Jenney and I installed 2 coir rolls at the water’s edge.  Coir rolls are made of coconut fiber and have been used for many years to restore bank stability.  We installed just 2 for now to see how they stay in place over the winter.  Over the Winter we will be looking for more home owners to join the process, restoring eroded shores and planting native vegetation.  Please email me if you are interested in becoming a part of this at janet62@comcast.net I already have those who signed up last year and will contact all of you to visit your individual properties with Jon Lyon and see what can be done.   If your shoreline is eroded, walls falling down, or you have a lack of native vegetation and stability we want you.  All of this is being done under the guidance and approval of the Conservation Commission.  Installation and one massive planting we hope to accomplish next summer.
What do I do with all these leaves?
The Town will come take them!  Many of us do not have places to put all the leaves, and the accumulation of them in the pond and wetlands has a “tea-bag” effect of turning the water brown.  Oak leaves in particular contain a lot of tannins that stain the water.  So if you have that pile with nowhere to go, bag it up in paper bags – available all over – market basket for sure, and put them out by 6:30AM on December 1st and DPW will pick them up and properly compost them.  This is a wonderful service for our neighborhood and all of Town.
That’s all for now.  Have a wonderful December. Tentative date for our Winter Festival is February 9th, save the date and hope for good ice.

Thank you,
Janet Nicosia
Martins Pond Association
Martins Pond Reclamation Study Committee

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