What’s Next for Martins Pond?
At a well-attended meeting Wed Mar 11, members of the Martins Pond Reclamation Study Committee and invited speakers detailed the situation regarding Eurasian water milfoil in the pond and what the future may hold. In addition to the 6 committee members there were 4 invited speakers and approximately 25 attendees, including NR town officials and selectmen.
Dr. Jonathan Lyon, Professor and Chair of Biology at Merrimack College spoke on the occurrence of aquatic species in the pond over the past several years and showed how Eurasian water milfoil, not found at all in the last survey in 2011, is now present in 70% of the sampled areas.
George Cangiano, MPRSC spoke on his experience hand-pulling Eurasian water milfoil in the summer of 2014. This is a very delicate and laborious process due to the nature of the plant and its ability to grow from tiny fragments.
Marc Bellaud, Aquatic Biologist from Aquatic Control Technology spoke on herbicide treatment options to abate Eurasian water milfoil, their various efficacies, limits, and costs.
Sandra Brennan, Chair, Cochiutate State Park Advisory Committee spoke on her personal experience with a variety of treatments, successes and failures at Lake Cochituate in Wayland. She detailed the long process involved at their site and how her committee worked to educate the community.
After the presentations, Chris Butler, MPRSC moderated questions about the information presented and options for North Reading.
Jim Straub from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation spoke from his perspective on management of lakes and ponds within the MA state park system.
Participants were asked to complete a survey as they left the meeting, and were given the opportunity to sign up to volunteer.
The Reclamation Study Committee will be meeting on Tues, Mar 17 to consider options and draft a recommendation for further action.