As an official Committee of Arlington's
Vision 2020 Task Group, the Spy Pond Committee is charged with addressing
and helping to solve the problems and challenges faced by the Spy Pond.
The goals of the Committee are simple - make Spy Pond a better and healthier
place for people and wildlife.
In detail, the goals for the Pond fall
into four catagories and were adopted by Town Meeting in 1998. They are:
Water Quality and Control:
To reduce the effects of urban runoff
to control pollution, weeds, and algae, and to reduce shoreline erosion,
in an ecologically sensitive manner.
Public Use and Access:
To maintain and improve existing public
access, and review the possibilities for enhancing public access and recreation,
while ensuring respect for private property.
Flora and Fauna:
To promote a healthy diversity of plants
To create public awareness and focus the
attention of government on the natural, economic, and cultural values of
Since its inception, the Committee has
worked hard to identify and address important issues and reach its goals.
From conducting general educational activities during Town Day to working
with DEM and the Massachusetts Highway Department on larger projects the
Committee is proud to be a part of a multi-party effort to help the Pond.
The following is a partial list of Committee
activities and accomplishments:
Informing the Community about Spy Pond
The Spy Pond Committee works hard to communicate
important information about the Pond. To date, the Committee has
Spoken with town members directly
and via hand-outs at Arlington Town Day
Inserted Spy Pond information highlight
into annual census mailing
Distributed door-to-door handouts discussing
pond problems and simple steps to take to reduce pollution in the pond
Obtained article coverage of issues in
the Arlington Advocate and Boston Globe
Drafted and inserted "Goals for Spy Pond"
into Town Meeting warrant (cosponsored by Conservation Commission and Parks
& Recreation Commission and Parks & Recreation Commission)
Created the Spy Pond website
Achieving High Level of Public Participation
The Spy Pond Committee has a strong focus
on greater community involvement. Over 200 individuals have participated
in Spy Pond Committee sponsored activities and events. From volunteers,
to elected officials, to Conservation Commission members, the Spy Pond
Committee has brought people together to help the Pond.
Sponsoring and Organizing Events
From large one-time events to small ongoing
activities, the Spy Pond Committee is proud of the range of events it brings
to the community and the Pond. Over the years the Committee has sponsored:
Bird and Nature Walks
Spy Pond Cleanup Day
Storm Drain Marking
Pond Monitoring (temp & water clarity)
Wildlife Census Tracking
Working with the Town, DEM, MHD,
On numerous issues the Committee works
not only with volunteers but also with local and state organizations to
help improve the Pond. From participating in the first in-depth study of
the pond in more than ten years to urging the Selectmen to request MHD
to remove the artificial Sandbar created by Rt. 2, the Committee is always
looking for ways to involve government in its activities and to help government
agencies out as well.