Don't Miss a Bewitching Annual Meeting: March 15

The Annual Meeting of the Foster's Pond Corporation, featuring a presentation on "The Witches of Foster's Pond", will be held Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall Library. The Library is cosponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public. Our speaker will be the Andover Historical Society's Jane Cairns.

This year marks the 325th anniversary of the Salem witch trials, an episode closely linked to Foster's Pond. The hysteria engulfed Andover, where 41 townspeople were accused. Ann Foster, widow of the man for whom our Pond is named, was among those imprisoned. It's an extraordinary story. Don't miss it!

Vegetation Survey Finds Pond Almost Fanwort-Free, But Recommends Treating Another Invasive

A comprehensive survey of vegetation in Foster's Pond late last summer turned up almost no fanwort but detected stands of another unwanted invasive weed, spiny naiad. The survey indicates excellent results from the Corporation's 2015 fanwort treatment and 2016 algae treatments. The report also contains good news about water quality in Foster's Pond and Dug Pond. Data from the most recent survey are set out in a 29-page report submitted in February by the Corporation's long-time consultant. For analysis, a map, and some background, click here.

Drawdown Quandary: Should We Expect Continued Drought - Or Another Flood?

The 2016-17 winter drawdown has brought the level of Foster's Pond down to what - it is hoped - is the Goldilocks point: not too high, and not too low. A major reason for the winter drawdown is to protect the earthen dam from spring flooding, which has seriously damaged the iconic structure more than once. But the Pond has recently faced a different threat: drought, which can make refilling after a drawdown slow, at best. Click here for more information.

Hydro-Raking: Stay Tuned

An ongoing record-breaking drought made hydro-raking impossible in 2016. With the water level in Foster's Pond down to the lowest in memory, the rake couldn't reach above the high-water mark to deposit spoils on shore in conformity with Conservation Commission requirements. 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.

Make Your 2017 Donation Today!

We can't protect Foster's Pond and our historic dam without your help. Check out our Honor Roll of 2016 Foster's Pond supporters. Give now, and Be sure your name is on our 2017 donor list, which we'll post soon. Earn the coveted fpc_icon, 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!

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