You're Invited! Annual FPC Picnic Is August 20
The 17th Annual Picnic of the Foster's Pond Corporation will be held Saturday afternoon, August 20. Whether you live on the Pond or nearby, or just like to visit, you're invited to this Pond-side, potluck, family event. Click here to download your invitation, which has a map and other details. Please RSVP if you plan to attend, letting us know how many family members you'll bringing.
'Main Pond' Basin Successfully Treated for Blue-Green Algae
The Main Pond - the largest basin in Foster's Pond - was successfully treated for blue-green algae August 5. Residents and visitors are nevertheless advised to keep an eye out for blue-green surface scum, which may be present anywhere in the Pond - particularly by shorelines - even after the treatment. Avoid contact, and keep pets and children away from blue-green surface scum. For more details, click here.
Divers Pull Fanwort By Hand
A two-man dive team was deployed to hand-pull fanwort from the silty bottom of Dug Pond, as the Corporation continues trying out alternatives to controlling invasive weeds solely with chemicals. The divers started August 1 and spent three days in Dug Pond and the Channel. For more details and pictures, click here.
Is Your Name on Our 2022 Honor Roll?
We can't protect Foster's Pond and our historic dam without your help. Check out our Honor Roll of Foster's Pond supporters who have already made their 2022 donation. If your name isn't there, please make your 2022 contribution today. Earn the coveted , identifying you as an especially generous donor! Go to our donation page right now and give on-line or by mail. Your contribution is tax-deductible. Thank you!
FPC Annual Meeting Held April 26
The Foster's Pond Corporation held its Annual Meeting via Zoom on April 26. FPC President Steve Cotton began with an account of how the unique Foster's Pond community, with its quirky lot lines and six one-lane private ways, evolved from the summer "camp" sites sold by Francis Homer Foster. The featured presentation was "Animal Encounters: 01810," the up-close experiences of Andover's Animal Control Officer Katie Kozikowski rescuing a wide variety of wildlife from the hazards of coexisting with humans. For those who missed the meeting (or wish to see it again), click here.
Waterfall Returns, Marking Completion of Refill
The picture-postcard waterfall over the Foster's Pond Dam made its spring debut on Earth Day, three weeks after stop logs were inserted to end the Pond's annual winter drawdown. For more details and a picture, click here.
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In an Emergency . . .
It's hard to imagine that the 162-year-old Foster's Pond Dam could ever fail, but that's not a matter to be left to the imagination. The Foster's Pond Corporation has developed an Emergency Action Plan, just in case. The new plan, approved by State regulators in September and distributed to Andover's emergency response officials, identifies the worst-case scenario for downstream flooding and specifies who needs to be notified and what steps need to be taken. While no homes would be inundated, some roads could be under a couple of feet of water, temporarily cutting access to two cul-de-sacs off Woburn Street and four off River Street until the water subsides. For more details and a map showing what areas would be inundated and what roads might be flooded, click here.
At Home with Arno Rafael Minkkinen on Foster's Pond
The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Foster's Pond Corporation was featured a presentation by internationally acclaimed photographer (and long-time Pond resident) Arno Rafael Minkkinen. The entire meeting was recorded and can be viewed here. The video is indexed, so you can jump to the parts that most interest you.
The Pond's Rare Peatland Habitats
At the Corporation's 2019 Annual Meeting, Andover botanist Richard Barry delivered a presentation entitled “For Peat’s Sake: Bogs, Fens and Peatland Habitats of Foster’s Pond.” He showed photographs and maps of the Pond's peatland habitats, including a stand of the increasingly hard-to-find Atlantic white cedar. To view an annotated version of Richard's slideshow, with his advice on designing a raingarden, click here.
Wilmington Community TV Program on Foster's Pond
WCTV, Wilmington's non-profit community television station, has produced a 22-minute program devoted to Foster's Pond and the FPC. The "Where's Wilmington" show, hosted by Lisa Kapala, includes a tour of the Goldsmith Woodlands by long-time Pond resident Joan Ellis, interviews with FPC President Steve Cotton and Board Member David Adilman, and footage of the Pond, the Dam, and Goldsmith. To view the program, click here.
Watershed Study Looks to Control Algae By Curbing Nutrients Flowing Into the Pond
We've treated Foster's Pond for toxic algae four out of the last five years. Can anything be done to prevent algae blooms? To find out, we commissioned a state-of-the-art study of the Foster's Pond watershed, using the latest computer modeling, on-line databases, and newly-assembled information. Our consultants delivered a Watershed-Based Plan for reducing the primary "limiting nutrient" that triggers algae growth. The first step is to give citizens of the watershed the information you need on how to protect the Pond. Start here.
Contribute to the FPC When You Shop Amazon (It Won't Cost You a Penny More)
Amazon has introduced a charitable-giving program that lets you make donations to the Foster's Pond Corporation without spending anything beyond the price of what you purchase. Amazon's charitable foundation will simply set aside 0.5% of the purchase price and contribute that to the FPC. All you have to do is go through the AmazonSmile portal. Your Amazon account information stays the same, and everything available on Amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile, at the same price. To get started, click here.