Sluice Pond Association

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.

Become a member and get involved via Sluice Pond Association on FaceBook.

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 Eel 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.

The Sluice Pond Association has a mission that includes:

  1. Bringing our community together through meetings and events

  2. Communicating about pond treatment, concerns and care

  3. Supporting local businesses.

Our current projects and interests include:

  • Building a stronger sense of community

  • Events such as the 4th of July boat parade and dock flares

  • Maintenance of the lake as a community resource

    • Trash management in common-access areas

    • Downed tree removal

    • No-wake signs and buoys

    • No-dump signs

  • Coordination with city, county, and state agencies