Published in the July 16, 2015 edition

NORTH READING — On Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Martin’s Pond will receive treatment for the “Eurasian Milfoil” a highly aggressive invasive plant that can quickly overtake small lakes and ponds. If not controlled, Milfoil can have damaging effects on natural wildlife, vegetation and recreational activities as it will continue to grow at a very rapid pace. Aquatic Control Technology of Sutton,  has been retained to respond to this Milfoil infestation. Please note the following important information regarding this treatment:

•     All of Martin’s Pond will be closed to all water uses (including swimming, boating and fishing) on the day of the treatment only which is Wednesday, July 22, 2015. These water uses may resume on Thursday, July 23rd.

•     Water from the Pond cannot be used for watering livestock until Friday, July 24th.

•     Water from the Pond cannot be used for domestic purposes until Sunday, July 26th.

•     Water from the Pond cannot be used for irrigation until Tuesday, July 28th.

This project was reviewed at meetings of the Martins Pond Reclamation Study Committee and the Board of Selectmen. Funding for the project was approved at the June 1, 2015 Town Meeting.

Aquatic Control Technology will be using an herbicide treatment specifically designed to combat the Milfoil. The herbicide will only attack the Milfoil and not natural vegetation. Aquatic Control Technology has assured the Town that there will be no ill effects on wildlife or property during the treatment. Dr. Jon Lyon of Merrimack College has been monitoring the rapid growth of Milfoil in the Pond, and it has increased by 20% since last year. Dr. Lyon will be conducting follow up studies to assess the effectiveness of this treatment, as part of the overall management plan.

Further information regarding this treatment may be found on the Martin’s Pond Association web site Questions may be directed to Aquatic Control Technology at (508) 865-1000.