Pond Begins to Refill After Winter Drawdown
It's the beginning of the end for the 2019-2020 winter drawdown. The first two stop-logs were inserted in the narrow sluiceway of the Foster's Pond Dam on March 9, starting the process of raising the water. In three or four weeks, water is expected to start cascading over the spillway as the Pond regains its warm-weather level. For more information, and a picture, click here.
Save the Date: FPC Annual Meeting Will Be Held May 13
The Annual Meeting of the Foster's Pond Corporation will be held Wednesday, May 13, at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall Library. This year's meeting, which is cosponsored by the Library, features a presentation on our grande dame of dams - the 162-year-old Foster's Pond Dam - by award-winning civil engineer Lee Wooten. The meeting is free, and the public is invited. For more information, click here.
Weed Report Shows Fanwort in Just 2% of the Pond
A comprehensive end-of-the-season survey of vegetation in Foster's Pond found fanwort - the persistent invasive that once dominated the Pond - in just 2 per cent of the Pond's 120 acres. A report by the Foster's Pond Corporation's lake management consultant recommends a combination of herbicide treatment and hand-pulling by divers to keep the weed in check. For more information, and a picture, click here.
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.
The Pond's Rare Peatland Habitats
At the Corporation's Annual Meeting last May, 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 Airs 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.
Make Your 2020 Contribution Today!
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 donated last year. Give now, so we can put your name on our 2020 roster of donors, coming soon. Earn the coveted , identifying you as an especially generous donor! Please, go to our donation page right now and give on-line or by mail. Your contribution is tax-deductible. Thank you!
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.
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