Print copies have been distributed to the Board of Selectmen and Conservation Commissions of Freetown and Lakeville.
This report has been summarized at the Aquatic Invasive Plants Workshop sponsored by the Lakeville Water Study Board, held at the Ted Williams Camp on May 9, 2002. And again for members at the August 26 Annual Meeting
Many thanks for the hard work put in by LPA members Paula Wheeler, Robert Nutile, Edward Warman
who created this comprehensive report.
The Asian Clam is a known biofouler in power plant and industrial water systems and has also caused problems in irrigation canals and pipes. Ecologically, this species can alter benthic substrates and complete with native mussel species for food and space. In addition, Asian clams appear to be capable of tolerating polluted environments better than many native bivalves. This species has been known to invade boat engine cooling systems and clog the system to the point of failure.
The pond is currently under stress. Ponds have a natural life-cycle, but the Long Pond life-cycle has been greatly altered by human activities. The pond also suffers from algae blooms and weeds are a sign that something is wrong with the pond. We're interested in restoring the pond to the state it was a few decades ago, so it can continue to be a valuable resource for the community for many years to come.