Hydro-Raking Is Underway

Hydro-raking got underway April 24 and is expected to take about a week. Thirteen shoreline property owners signed up for hydro-raking this Spring, the largest number since 2004. The shorelines of nine properties in the Main Pond and four in the Outlet Cove will be hydro-raked. The list of hydro-raking participants was formally approved by the Andover Conservation Commission on April 17. For pictures and more information, click here.

Annual Meeting Will Be Held on May 30

You are invited to the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Foster's Pond Corporation on May 30 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall Library.

This year's program is "The Shape of Water (In Foster's Pond)." Our presenters will include Bob Hartzel, former Coordinator of the State's Lakes and Ponds Program and one of the leading water resource management experts in Massachusetts. The FPC last year engaged Bob to create a watershed management plan for Foster's Pond using a brand-new, first-in-the-nation model he developed for MassDEP. In addition, our panel will feature the three Andover officials whose expertise is most critical to the protection of Foster's Pond and its watershed: Health Director Tom Carbone; Conservation Director Bob Douglas; and Deputy Public Works Director/Highway Superintendent Marc Fournier. Plan to come - and bring your questions! The public is welcome to attend.

This program is a collaboration of the FPC and Memorial Hall Library. To keep the business formalities brief, please review the FY2017 Treasurer's Report and the minutes of the March 15, 2017 Annual Meeting and August 19, 2017 Summer Meeting in advance, as they will not be read at the meeting.

Commission OKs 2018 Weed Program

The Andover Conservation Commission has unanimously approved the Corporation's lake management program for 2018. The program includes spot-treating for two invasive weeds, fanwort and spiny naiad, this Summer, and a contingency plan for treating the Pond for toxic blue-green algae if the need arises. The program is based on recommendations from the Corporation's lake management consultant. Treatments will trigger one-day closures of the Pond, as well as advisories against using Pond water for irrigation. The first treatment is expected in May. For more information, click here.

April Monsoon Refills Pond

A two-inch spring downpour sent water rushing over the spillway of the Foster's Pond Dam, ending the 2017-18 winter drawdown. For more details and a picture, 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.

Make Your 2018 Donation Today!

We can't protect Foster's Pond and our historic dam without your help. Check out our Honor Roll of 2017 Foster's Pond supporters. Give now, so we can inscribe your name on our 2018 Honor Roll (coming 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!

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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