Pond Gets Season's Second Algae Treatment
Foster's Pond was treated for blue-green algae for the second time in six weeks, as record-breaking heat and drought triggered unhealthful and unsightly blooms of the microscopic plants. The September 1 application of copper sulfate extended from the dam through the Channel to the Main Pond, and also included the Mill Reservoir. Only Dug Pond was excluded from the application of copper sulfate. Even after treatment, residents and visitors are cautioned to keep an eye out in shallow areas throughout the Pond and avoid contact with (and keep kids and pets away from) water which exhibits a blue-green paint-like surface scum. For more details, click here.
Hydro-Raking: Wait'll Next Year
This year's record-breaking drought has made hydro-raking impossible. With the water level in Foster's Pond down to the lowest in memory, the rake can't reach above the high-water mark to deposit spoils on shore in conformity with Conservation Commission requirements. But there's always next year. The plan now is to solicit interest from shoreline property owners in the Spring, as the water level rises, and to rake early in the season, before the water warms enough to support algae blooms that could be triggered by raking the bottom sediments. For more information about hydro-raking, click here.
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