Friends of Flannagan Pond is an informal group of neighbors committed to improving the quality, health and maintenance of Flannagan Pond in Ayer, Massachusetts. Flannagan (also known by some as Fletcher’s Pond) is a man-made pond, about 90 acres in size. It is fed by Sandy Pond, and subsequently Flannagan Pond flows into Balch Pond.
Though the pond is surrounded by homes, there is public access in at least five locations for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. For many years the pond has suffered from excessive vegetation such as milfoil, fanwort and lilypads. In addition, there has been little vigilance given to maintaining the dam that control the water levels throughout the year.
The purpose of this site is to give evidence of the poor condition of the pond, and to encourage town and state officials to live up to their responsibilities to the citizens of Ayer in regards to controlling vegetation and proper water levels. This may include the use of harvesting equipment, dredging, chemicals and proper dam maintenance and dam management. The reasons for this include recreational use, public safety and protecting local property values.
So in summary, that is the singular issue: the health and maintenance of Flannagan Pond.