(Dissolved in 2012)
Warner’s Pond, which is at the base of a large watershed for Nashoba and Fort Pond Brooks, has been a valuable asset to the Town of Concord and of late, has developed issues with sediment buildup which encourages non-native aquatic invasive weeds that threaten recreation, water quality and habitat within the pond. If allowed to continue unchecked, this growth could eventually fill in the pond. With input from outside consultants it is necessary for the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to develop a management plan as a guide to help restore the pond.
To assist in managing the water quality and native plant ecology of the pond, the Natural Resources Commission appointed a stewardship committee, the Warner’s Pond Stewardship Committee (the WPSC) to promote active citizen participation and stewardship to contribute to the management of this natural resource which would also include the Nashoba and Fort Pond Brooks on the north, where they enter the Town of Concord and Warner’s Pond and on the downstream side of Warner’s where Nashoba Brook continues to the southeast until it joins with the Assabet River, by support of management objectives adopted by the NRC.
Goals for the Stewardship Committee
The WPSC shall provide stewardship of Warner’s Pond. In order to conduct the careful and responsible management of Warner’s Pond, the WPSC will:
1. Stewardship -Work with the NRC or their designee to contribute to the management of this natural resource through programs such as the Weed Watchers Program of the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
2. Protection - Preserve the pond and work to promote its biodiversity and natural habitat values by assisting the NRC to reduce aquatic invasive species and maintain water flow through the pond.
3. Recreation - Enhance recreational opportunities (canoeing, bird watching, ice skating, fishing, etc.).
4. Management Plan – Assist the NRC and its staff in the development and implementation of a pond management plan.
5. Education – Raise awareness of the pond with the community stakeholders (citizens, town officials, state agencies, and business community) and conduct public outreach to various local organizations.
6. Funding – Work with the NRC and its staff to pursue funding for the pond management through grants, partnering with other organizations such as the Organization of the Assabet River (OAR) and seek other funding opportunities to be further identified.