SHORE Project

Implementing Solutions:
Martins Pond Shoreline Restoration and Sediment Reduction Project

The Martins Pond Reclamation Study Committee, in collaboration with the Town Administrator of North Reading and Dr. Jon Lyon of Merrimack College, were awarded a Section 319 Non-Point Source Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection in 2005.

Martins Pond is 303d listed for turbidity(lack of water clarity) and noxious aquatic plants. Water clarity in the pond falls short of the minimum requirement for swimming, and a local beach that once offered swimming has been closed. Merrimack College completed a diagnostic/feasibility study in 2007, funded through a 2005 Massachusetts Supplemental Budget award. The Study outlines Martins Pond’s issues and recommended actions for improvement. The D&F describes the causes for water clarity problems in Martins Pond. While there are several factors contributing to the turbidity levels in the Pond, one obvious cause is the suspended sediment contributed by direct discharges and eroding shoreline

This project addresses several priority sources of suspended sediment. Structural Best Management Practices will be implemented at three priority sites, and several non- structural and outreach activities will also be conducted to mitigate the problem.

Project tasks include:

  1. Structural Best Management Practices for erosion control at Traveled Way and Poplar Terrace
  2. Construction of a rain garden at Clarke Park
  3. Creation of no-wake zones and Noxious aquatic plant harvesting
  4. An operation and maintenance plan for the Best Management Practices
  5. Outreach and technology transfer to encourage good homeowner practices
  6. S.H.O.R.E. Project Shoreline Restoration


PROJECT COST: $384,920
FUNDING: $ 218,600 by the U.S. EPA
MATCH: $ 166,320 labor, services, and Town Meeting appropriation
DURATION: July 1 2007 — June 30, 2010


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