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LONG POND ASSOCIATION INC
Dear Applicant: Date: 05/20/2022
We're pleased to tell you we determined you're exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3). Donors can deduct contributions they make to you under IRC Section 170. You're also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522. Organizations exempt under IRC Section 501(c)(3) are further classified as either public charities or private foundations. We determined you're a public charity.
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Martha Worley serves as the LPA’s representative on SPRPEDD’s study committee for the ”Assawomsett Pond Complex and Nemasket River Watershed Management & Climate Change Action Plan”. This plan which is funded by the state will set the priorities for implementing projects in the APC and the Nemasket River Watershed. Two areas of immediate concern to property owners and recreational users of Long Pond are flooding issues and the proliferation of invasive weeds.
The final APC public meeting to present the draft management plan has been postponed until mid July
Proposed phase 1 work includes the removal of weeds from Long Pond. Permitting for this project is underway.
Since last September a small group of us organized to form a non-profit in order to cleanup Long Pond. We have since organized, been approved, and created our Non-profit, Long Pond Association. After that achieved goal we have been working towards getting something done this year. We have been working hand and hand with our state and local officials. We have secured funding for this year. We are working on securing permitting through NHESP. We are working our way through Conservation Commissions in Lakeville, and Freetown, and the DEP. I am very proud to say that we are very close to starting some cleanup projects this year. We have hired C&D Underwater Services to do some Eco Harvesting at two sites on Long Pond this year. There will be one site in Lakeville and one site in Freetown this year. C&D has been approved by all agencies and was previously hired to clean up the Nemasket River Watershed last year with great success. We have been working with Senator Michael Rodriques, Rep. Paul Schmid, Srpedd, the APC, and our dedicated members. We are deeply grateful for all the assistance we have received from these officials. They have really come through for us. They are well aware of the situation and are all eager to help. Please become a member today. Thank you to all who support us.
SRPEDD (Southeastern Regional Planning & Economic Development District)
Thank you for your previous participation and interest in the APC-Nemasket Watershed Management and Climate Action Plan! We are looking forward to seeing you at the final "meet-your-plan" public meeting of the project.
This open-house style meeting will be held on Thursday, July 14th, from 5 - 8 PM at Ted Williams Camp in Lakeville.
At this meeting we will display the final outcomes of the APC-Nemasket Watershed Management and Climate Action Plan, and ask participants to confirm - did we get it right?
Please stop by any time between 5 and 8 pm to share your thoughts!
APC-Nemasket Plan Public Open House
Thursday, 7/14/2022, 5-8 PM Ted Williams Camp
Did you know that this fertilizing your lawn can be harmful to the lake water quality? The nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium fertilizer mix that you apply to lawn has enormous potential to impact water quality:
1. Do not use a fertilizer with phosphorus (P). Look for only organic nitrogen primarily in a slow-release form. Nitrogen is water-soluble and can move through the soil and leech into waterways.
Phosphorous, which contributes to vigorous growth, can deplete the oxygen in water and contribute to the formation of algae blooms. One study found that residential lawn fertilizers were one of the dominant sources of water pollution. Kevin Frank, an extension turf specialist and professor at Michigan State University, suggests creating a 5-to-10-foot buffer strip between your lawn and the adjacent waterway and avoid applying fertilizer in this zone.
2. Make sure there is an adequate buffer (distance) between where the fertilizer is applied and the water’s edge (at least 10 feet). Ideally, a soft shoreline of vegetation would also be present.
3. Be sure to avoid impervious (hard) surfaces during fertilization as this would allow for transfer of nutrients into the lake during runoff from hard surfaces.
4. Be mindful of the weather. Do not apply chemicals on a windy day, or if rain is in the immediate forecast.
Those fortunate enough to live by a shoreline have inherited a special responsibility along with spectacular views: Your landscaping habits can either help your gorgeous waterway or harm it.
Mulch your lawn clippings, too. Consistently leaving your grass clippings on the lawn restores enough fertilizer to be able to skip one round of the chemical variety every season.
You should also pick up pet waste. Phosphorus-rich poo is the second biggest detriment to lake water quality.
Lawns should be dethatched and aerated once a year. Dethatching removes the barrier of organic matter, which limits the absorption of water and nutrients. Aeration promotes absorption by creating voids in the soil and reducing soil compaction. These steps will enable your lawn to best combat runoff, require less fertilization, and allow the turfgrass to outgrow weeds, reducing the need for herbicides. Mowing more frequently, at a higher blade setting allows for healthier turf grass and can encourage deeper root growth.
A barrier of some sort separating the lawn from the lake is a good practice. Barriers may consist of a natural barrier. These options include things such as a strip of natural forest land, installed organic barriers such as a garden or flowerbed, or a drainage solution like a dry riverbed to encourage water to flow to a place where it can be absorbed, such as a rain garden. The wider the barrier, the more effective it will be in protecting the lake from the effects of runoff. The more native species or low-water plants utilized, the more viable the organic border will be.
Use the links above for resources regarding our two great towns and the MASS Wildlife.
Whether you are a fisherman, boater, active kayaker, bird watcher or one of the other hundred people using Long Pond, check out our Recreation page for more info on safety and so much more.
With more to come!