Domenic is the Senior Engineer, the field engineer, from ACT who is most familiar with Flannagan Pond as he has studied it, analyzed it, reported on it and made recommendations regarding its care, for well over a decade.
About forty people attended and listened with interest as Domenic explained the life cycle of the pond, the water quality, and various treatment alternatives available to us for combatting the invasive species and volumes of vegetation that are choking out our cherished water resource.
Among the topics discussed:
- Watershed Practices
- Life Cycle of a Pond
- Vegetation Management Alternatives
In this particular post I will elaborate on the discussion of watershed practices. In follow-up Posts I will write articles on the remaining topics.
On most occasions I have spoken with anyone from the Conservation Commission regarding the condition of Flannagan Pond I have been subjected to a party line about the abuse of lawn fertilizers, car washing, aging leach fields, etc as a primary cause of the weed infestation on Flannagan Pond. Yet most homes on the pond are connected to Town sewer, most have vegetative barriers at the shoreline and a small percentage of the homes are frequently using lawn fertilizer.
It is also worth noting that the ACT Reports which we have posted from 1999 to present show that chemical levels of the pond water are well within normal limits.
When this issue came up in our meeting Domenic stated quite clearly that these are not factors contributing to the weed infestation on our pond. He told us there are two primary issues; 1) inconsistancy in programatically treating the pond and 2) neglecting to properly manage water levels.
It would be much more effective to treat the pond lightly on an annual basis than it is letting everthing get out of control and treat it in another five years. And low water levels make it easier for sunlight to stimulate weed growth in the shallower areas of the pond.
So while we encourage all neighbors surrounding the immediate vicinity of Flannagan Pond to strive to be diligent in best watershed practices it is clear that this is not the source of the weed problem on Flannagan Pond and we must not allow ourselves to be distracted by attempts at blame-shifting on this matter. The issue at hand is one of responsible stewardship.
In a couple days I will follow-up with an article about the life cycle of the pond.