Long Pond Association holds an annual meeting in July or August to elect a Board of Directors and to conduct any other business of the Association.
This website is a Members and Visitors Resource for learning about Long Pond, improving the water quality of Long Pond, keeping our lake safe for recreation, preservation of the lake and posting legislation affecting the lake and its residents.
Long Pond welcomes all safe boaters. A public boat launch is located on the South end of the lake off Route 18. Please be mindful of the requests of the courtesy boat inspectors and help them identify any occurences of vegetation, specfically milfoil. Milfoil, once admitted to our lake, grows so quickly that it takes over the lake, affecting both fishing and swimming.
Board of Directors President John Worley III Vice President Gary Loranger Secretary Martha Worley Treasurer Bren Ladino
Environmental Impact of Taunton Casino plans are discussed by Freetown resident at July 24,2012 Meeting read his request
NOTICE: FLOOD INFORMATION “ALERT” To residences of Long Pond, Assawompset Pond, and all members of the “Long Pond Association”
Please be aware there is a group of concerned citizens that live on the ponds in Lakeville and Freetown and have suffered damage from the recent flooding. While a lot has been said of the record rainfall and the vegetation in the Nemasket River, we know that much of the damages suffered around these Ponds were the results of man made decisions. If these Ponds were managed as they were for over the past twenty five years to their appropriate levels through the dams in Lakeville and Middleboro, the damages that occurred with these spring rains would not have happened. The Ponds would have been able to absorb this water.
We are actively pursuing policies through Town/City offices and State Representatives to make sure this never happens again.
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Excessive rains have created havoc for many residents of Long Pond as well as surrounding communities. We attempt to display sources that explain the situations as they arise. Check the "In the News" to learn more.
My name is Phil Trombly. I live in Freetown on Long Pond and I feel I can speak on behalf of at least a thousand people who live in the towns of Freetown, Lakeville and Middleboro about our concerns of the environmental impact on our watershed and the Assawompset Pond Complex. Since the horrific flooding in 2010 and the millions of dollars lost on damaged homes, damaged lands, damaged infrastructure and the many, many medical issues dealt to families throughout all the communities, State Representative Steve Canessa and now State Representative Keiko Orrall have assisted the cities of New Bedford and Taunton and the towns of Lakeville, Freetown, Middleboro and Rochester by having many public meetings over the last two years. And as a result, committees were established using many resources such as Dr. Neil Fennessey from U MASS, The Mass Dept. of Environmental Protection, The Mass Dept. of Fish and Game and knowledgeable representatives from every town to help in dealing with this fragile watershed.
Everyone agrees the major problem with this complex is the only discharge of the 49 sq. miles of water is the Nemasket River, which is clogged with silt, sediment and invasive weeds that come from the ponds. This causes the watershed s levels to be almost impossible to control and at best do it very slowly. For the water level to drop 1", 89.5 million gallons of water has to go down the clogged Nemasket River from the dam on the Assawompset pond. This takes approx. 9 days if the river is high. The only way to fix this problem is to upgrade the dam on Assawompset, dredge the Nemasket River and kill the evasive weeds in the ponds, so the water can once again flow freely to the Taunton River and out to the ocean, this would also allow the Herring to migrate back to the ponds. We are very concerned as a community about our watershed, (New Bedford uses approx. 11-12 million gallons of water a day and Taunton uses approx. 7 million a day) especially the impact of a project of this size using a ¼ million gallons a day. I would suggest if the Casino/Developers want to form a partnership with the south coast communities, they would agree to funding the dam upgrade, dredging of the Nemasket and eliminating the invasive weeds in the ponds. Then maybe the impact of a casino on our watershed would be greatly reduced or even eliminated. Thank You
Long Pond Association is again active and working towards non-profit status. More information will be forthcoming.