Restoration Plan approved for White Pond
At their May 4, 2015 meeting the Concord Select Board decided to focus on preserving the pond. They voted for a restoration project of the fragile shoreline and trail system. Board member Carmin Reiss compared this to the major restoration project implemented at Walden Pond some years ago.
The Town will fund a restoration plan, close eroded trails, hire rangers, require dogs to be leashed, and prohibit swimming from Town-owned land during the 2015 project.
In the 1990's, restoration projects helped improve the Sachem's Cove area but the Town did not maintain it afterward. Continued overuse and misuse has led to further erosion.
The Board members pledged to use 2015 to develop a long-term management plan in consultation with the White Pond Advisory Committee, White Pond Associates, neighborhood residents and the Town of Sudbury. Management of the Sachem's Cove area suffers from being artificially divided into Town-owned Reservation Land and Conservation Land. For now, the Select Board agreed to treat the Reservation portion as Conservation land. This area will be much easier to manage as a unified ecosystem when the Select Board converts all Town land bordering the pond to Conservation Land.
This new restoration project is a positive step toward the long-term preservation of the pond and represents the efforts of many people today and over the past decades. Thanks to everyone who has contributed their time and energy!
Read Concord Journal June 3, 2015 report.