We are pleased to announce that we are beginning a new initiative, monitoring for invasive aquatic plants as part of the statewide Weed Watchers Program. Exotic, invasive aquatic plants can infest water bodies causing problems for fish and for recreational uses. Infestations at ponds in the watershed area have been documented and many areas are vulnerable. Once established these are very difficult and costly to treat, so we want to have an early detection program in place to prevent further infestations. Staff from the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation Lakes and Ponds Program provides the training to local groups on how to identify invasive aquatic plants and to then work with them on developing a plan where problems are found.
The training will be held at the Topsfield Town Library on Monday, July 10th from 6 – 8 pm. We want to organize groups of citizens to monitor Hood Pond in Topsfield, Stiles Pond in Boxford and the Ipswich River. People living near these sites are encouraged to attend as well as anyone who wants to get involved in this program. Monitoring trips will be organized following the event. This program is a great opportunity for groups of citizens to get involved with making a difference in their community and for the health of the watershed. Please RSVP to Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-412-8200.