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The Sluice Pond Association organizes events and activities for members of the 165 households that meander along the shoreline of this 55+ acre urban pond located in Lynn, Massachusetts. Along with neighbors and the general public who use the pond for boating, fishing and swimming, members of the Sluice Pond Association are volunteers in the preservation of this natural resource. Pond abutters and nearby neighbors are welcome to join the Sluice Pond Association for $20/household in annual member fees.

NOTIFICATION OF

RUNAWAY DOCK!! A floating dock jambed the gate to Flax Pond and was removed by Lynn Water and Sewer. It is now tied up near the Four Winds Pub waiting for the owner to bring it home....

AQUATIC TREATMENT

SLUICE POND - LYNN

Portions of Sluice Pond in Lynn will be chemically treated with USEPA/MA registered herbicides to control nuisance aquatic vegetation on Friday, June 27th.  Following treatment, the pond will be closed to all water uses, (including swimming, fishing and boating) until June 28th.

The treatment will occur in the northwest cove bordered by Jenness St to the east, Kernwood Drive to the west and Sutcliff Road to the north.  Following treatment, water from the cove and within a distance of 500 feet from the cove should not be used for irrigation for a period of 90 days or until September 27th.

The initial treatment for Sluice Pond took place on June 27th only in the coves to combat the invasive weeds that congest the coves. A follow-up treatment has been set to treat the entire pond for native vegetation on July 24. The weed treatment chemicals permit no swimming or fishing in Sluice Pond for at least 24 hours. Also, using pond water for irrigation or drinking, watering animals is not recommended for five days.

The treatment is being performed by Aquatic Control Technology of Sutton, MA under contract to the City of Lynn, and pursuant to a permit (license) issued by MA DEP and an Order of Condition issued by the Lynn Conservation Commission. 


NO WAKE means NO WAKE

For those new to the pond, there is a 5 horsepower motor limit for boats using Sluice Pond and a 5 MPH limit for boating in the coves and smaller part of Sluice Pond. We strongly recommend that the NO WAKE signs in all three coves of the pond north of the red house and Haywards Restaurant (from the boat ramp or Eel cove to beyond the red house ) be observed.

Please warn your neighbors that they can be fined and prohibited from using larger motors if they churn enough water to endanger swimmers, canoes, kyaks and small boats or to ruin other people's docks and steps in the cove areas by speeding in the coves. By law the damage caused is the responsibility of the boat owner to repair or the liability of the boat owner in the case of an injury or drowning. Unless you are heavily insured and able to sustain fines, no wake, no mistake.

Due to economic cutbacks, the city is no longer offering to supply new bouys for Sluice Pond, so Volunters from the Sluice Pond Association Board of Directors voted to replace the old ones and new bouys were installed last spring. The NO WAKE bouys are placed in the cove areas in the usual locations. The Sluice Pond Association is working to identify private sources of funding for a boat wash station that will assist the pond abutters to keep invasive weeds out of Sluice Pond. Funds are being sought for pond beautification projects and to assist officials in maintaining a safe boating and swimming environment.

Currently the Sluice Pond Association is working with the City of Lynn in the maintenance of the pond as a prime recreational site in Lynn. Other partners include Lynn Community Development and local Merchants who are members and Friends of Sluice Pond Association. We received assistance of the Commonwealth through the City of Lynn Department of Community Development to eradicate the native and invasive weeds in the Spring of 2007 and 2008. The City of Lynn and Lynn Water and Sewer paid for weed treatments for Sluice and Flax Ponds in 2009.The 2010 weed treatment never happened, but Mayor Kennedy found the funds to assist with the pond in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. We owe her and her staff a special thanks for keeping our ponds clean and safe.

HISTORY OF SLUICE POND ASSOCIATION

The Sluice Pond Association began in the 1950s as a social group of pond abutters and has remained active through several iterations of organizational growth and state/federal recognition of the organization.  In the late 1970s and early 1980s the Association mounted it’s first effort to eradicate the weeds from Eels Cove  where a primary source of water for Sluice Pond feeds in from the Cedar Brook.  There has been a great deal of concern over the years that there may be inappropriate discharge to the pond from  housing developments further upstream. This has not been substantiated by water quality measurements and consultants with Aquatic Control Technology have described a natural process of bubble formation due to weed activity that looks similar to soap suds in the cove. However, reports that one or more pond abutters have not tied into city sewer lines or tied in without removing old septic systems remains a concern. In the early 1980s, that part of the pond was manually dredged by boat, a process too costly and not effective enough to match today’s chemical treatment of weeds.

In the late 1800s, there was an assessment of the ponds fed by Cedar Brook and forming the “Strawberry Chain” of ponds that flow to the Atlantic Ocean through Lynn. It showed that Sluice Pond had the purest water and the pond was considered for the town water supply. A decision was made instead to create the largely manmade  ponds within the Lynn Woods Reservation; Walden’s Pond, Breeds Pond, Birch Pond that are used as water supply sources in Lynn and surrounding communities.  Naturally formed ponds from the Cedar Brook (Cedar Pond, Sluice Pond, Flax Pond, Goldfish Pond and the Floating Bridge Pond)  are maintained for recreational purposes by abutters and the City of Lynn. Sluice Pond is currently studied as one of the few glacially formed ponds in the Northeast by geologists at Salem State College.

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