Hudson, Marlborough made plans for Ft. Meadow Reservoir Lowering
MARLBOROUGH / HUDSON – Marlborough and Hudson will begin drawing water from the Fort Meadow Reservoir on Monday November 1st.
The drawdown will provide weed control along the shoreline and in the lake. It will help control invasive Asian clam populations while allowing repair of walls and beaches, as well as sand removal around storm sewers.
It will take between 15 and 20 days for the water to drop four feet from the normal high water level. The water level will remain low all winter. The tank will start to fill around March 1.
In addition, the docks will have to be removed for the winter.
Marlborough and Hudson said the problem weeds this year are Eurasian Watermilfoil, Fanwort and Phragmites.
Other communities have had problems with Eurasian Watermilfoil. Notably, officials from Shrewsbury met in July to discuss overgrowth in part of Quinsigamond Lake.
Residents of Hudson and Marlborough along the Fort Meadow Reservoir are encouraged to remove weeds from the drawdown area and will not need a permit.
A permit will be required if residents are doing wall repairs or adding sand to beaches. These permits can be obtained from the Hudson and Marlborough Conservation Commissions, respectively. The Marlborough Commission can be reached at 508-460-3768, and the Hudson Commission can be reached at 978-562-2948.
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