Lakeville and East Freetown Massachusetts
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Invasive Aquatic Weed Control Options For Long Pond
Prepared by the
Long Pond Independent Committee on Aquatic Weed Control


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.
Long Pond Volunteers Install Benthic Barriers 2007
Citizens rose up to protect the state's lakes and ponds
An Update to the Report May 8, 2002
Summary of Expert Opinion on Mechanical Harvester Use for Cabomba
Status of Aquatic Invasive Species House Bill 729
August 6 2007
Invasive Aquatic Weeds Are Problem for Long Pond
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.