Clean Lakes Committee

The November 10, 2011 Special Town Meeting amended the Littleton Town Code to establish the ad hoc Clean Lakes Committee as a standing committee of the Town of Littleton.

§13-30. Establishment; purpose. 
 There is hereby established a Clean Lakes Committee to assess conditions and coordinate improvements to Littleton’s lakes and ponds, by providing a forum which brings together town committee representatives and concerned citizens with representatives from neighborhood associations on Long Lake, Mill Pond, Spectacle Pond and Lake Matawanakee to plan and implement necessary actions to help restore and preserve water bodies, streams and wetlands in the Town of Littleton. As circumstances dictate, the Committee shall coordinate its activities with the Board of Selectmen, Board of Water Commissioners, Conservation Commission, Board of Health, and Planning Board or their representatives. 
 §13-31. Membership; terms. 
 The Committee shall consist of one member and one alternate from each of the neighborhood associations on Long Lake, Mill Pond, Spectacle Pond, and Lake Matawanakee, each nominated by their respective neighborhood association; and three citizens at large. All appointments shall be made by the Board of Selectmen for three-year overlapping terms so arranged that the term of at least two members shall expire each year

CLC Members:
Spectacle Pond Member- Leon Weavor (2018)
Spectacle Pond Member Alternate - David Richard (2018)
Mill Pond Member - Steve Sussman (2019)
Mill Pond Member Alternate -  Timothy Wanzer (2018)
Long Lake Member - John Folsom (2018)
Long Lake Member Alternate - Frank Vigna (2016)
Lake Mattawanakee Member - Charles Bush (2018)
Lake Mattawanakee Member Alternate - Scott C. Lewis (2017)
Citizen at Large - Gerald James (2019)
Citizen at Large - Sheryl James (2018)
Citizen at Large - James Barisano 2018

Meetings are held at 7pm, generally on the fourth Thursday of each month in the conference room at the LELWD Operations Center, 39 Ayer Road.

The public is welcomed to attend.

Long Lake Restoration Project

2007 Town Report

The Littleton Board of Selectmen formed the Clean Lakes Committee (CLC) in 1999 to assess conditions and coordinate improvements to Littleton’s lakes and ponds. The forum brings together representatives from neighborhood associations on Long Lake, Mill Pond, Spectacle Pond and Lake Matawanakee to share ideas and implement necessary actions to help restore and preserve our town’s water bodies, streams and wetlands. Additional members include interested town committee representatives and concerned citizens.

2007 The Clean Lakes Committee oversaw the completion of a three-year contract to treat invasive species such as fanwort and milfoil near the town beach on Long Lake and along the shoreline of Spectacle Pond, including treatment of water chestnut in Newtown Pond on the Newtown Hill Conservation grounds. Control of such in-water plants continues to be a key to the sustainability of Littleton’s lakes and ponds. It is anticipated that the contract will be renewed in 2008. The water level in Lake Matawanakee was drawn down this fall to manage its shoreline invasive plants. It is anticipated that the winter freeze will kill off much of the exposed growth. The continuous flow of water through the lake made herbicide treatments too costly. If the draw down is successful, the same approach could prove effective for Spectacle Pond.

At Long Lake, Town Road and the parking lot at the Town Beach were repaved and the Filterra stormwater attenuation system cleaned. This substantially reduces run off of debris into the lake. Storm drainage from Town Rd. was redirected to the wooded bank between the playground and Beach Drive, providing a natural filter and slowing its run to the shore.Disappointment with the Army Corps of Engineers’ (ACE) assessment (from the end of 2006) that the proposed Mill Pond Restoration would not be viable led to a questioning of our plans and a reexamination of data. Advisor Savas Danos suspected that the 10 year old design data were no longer accurate, and that phosphorus inflows are now lower based on watershed point and non-point source reductions. A team of volunteers from the Mill Pond Association collected samples for the new nutrient modeling that will be completed and resubmitted in 2008. It is hoped that the updated model will lead to a successful review.

Meanwhile, the US Congress re-established future funding for the Mill Pond Restoration Project by overriding the veto of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007, a bill that allows ACE to undertake hundreds of projects that pertain to navigation, flood control and environmental protections. Continuing the project in anticipation of ACE involvement, the CLC is formulating plans to develop new points of public access to the pond. A boat launch and picnic area are being considered.

The Rain Barrel Program that was established as part of the Long Lake Restoration has been extended town wide. The CLC is offering rain barrels at a $10 discount to all Littleton residents as a means of capturing the 1st flush of precipitation and reusing this water rather than letting it enter the stormwater system directly. Over 50 rain barrels have been purchased and installed and the Committee is currently taking orders for a large 2008 spring purchase. Contact our advisor at the Littleton Water Department or check LWD’s web site for more The Rain Garden Program is being continued and extended beyond the Long Lake neighborhood. Funding will be provided by the CLC. To promote the benefits of rain gardens and other low impact stormwater management practices, the CLC will be joining in the effort to create the Butterfly Garden and Outdoor Classroom at the new Middle School.


From the Town's 2002 Master Plan . . .

The Littleton Clean Lakes Committee (CLC) is actively involved with efforts to clean up and restore three of the town’s bodies of water. This committee was established as a result of the study conducted on Long Lake in 1990 with help from the Light and Water Department. With completion of the study, there was no formal entity in place to effectively oversee its ongoing management. When funding ran out, implementation of the plan stopped. By 1997 residents around Mill Pond saw a need for an organized effort to solve sedimentation and weed growth problems in their pond. With this, the Light and Water Department organized coordinated efforts comprised of citizens from both groups to form the Littleton Lakes Coalition. In 1998 residents from the Spectacle Pond area became involved in support of the restoration of that water body, and the CLC as it is known today took shape.

Littleton Light and Water is now actively involved with the CLC and effectively coordinates the pursuit of grant money for studies and restorations. The community has also been very responsive in voting the approval of additional funding that often matches some portion of grant funding. With this arrangement, the CLC and Littleton Light and Water have been very successful at attaining outside funding for much of the work and improving the quality of life with only modest expense to the community.

At this time, all three lakes have completed diagnostic feasibility studies that determine the costs and best course of action for restoration. Since Long Lake was first to be studied, clean up activity is to begin in the summer of 2001. With the numerous lakeside homes, water quality is compromised by non-point sources. Clean up efforts will include aquatic plant reduction efforts and land-based implementation of “Best Management Practices” (BMP’s) that will reduce future water quality impacts. Mill Pond, affected by eutrification, is currently about to begin a permitting process to implement dredging, however land ownership issues of the pond bed are complicating this process. Spectacle Pond, affected by a combination of natural eutrification and non-point source pollution, is expected to have aquatic plant reduction efforts and BMP implementations with the help of Department of Environmental Management funding attained through the town of Ayer.

The remaining water bodies in town are not currently addressed by the CLC. This is the case for one of two reasons. Either there simply is not an organized interest by the adjacent landowners, or there is currently no public access to the water. Since the CLC operates in the interest of the community as a whole, their policy has determined that public access is a key factor that directs their efforts.

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