Leverett Residents: Vote Yes on Article 19 at 4/27 Town Meeting

 

FLP is requesting a $160,000 grant from Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds to replace the aging dam at the northeast end of the lake. The Leverett Conservation and Community Preservation Commissions have already approved the project. All that remains to go forward is your vote of support. Here are some points you may find helpful:

 

  • The current 80-year old dam is deteriorating and leaking, and does not have safety components required by state and federal law. Last year FLP took ownership of the dam with the goal of replacing it with a structure that meets current design criteria and is less vulnerable to severe flooding. This will not improve with time. While catastrophic failure is unlikely in the short term, should it happen, the pond could shrink to roughly one-quarter of its current 100 acres surrounded by a large swamp. 

     

    • FLP has already raised $200,000 out of the $360,000 budget. Private donations and fundraisers raised $100,000, with over 150 individuals having contributed over the past three years. Another $100,000 comes from a state grant awarded last year. CPA funding (half of which comes from a state match) is essential to make up the balance.  A vote in favor will not influence your tax bill.

       

      • Significant work has already gone into the project. FLP's investment (including years of volunteer labor) has included acquiring ownership of the dam and work area, constructing an access road and right-of-way to the dam (including two bridges), surveying, and obtaining necessary permits (which alone cost approximately $37,000). If the project is delayed, these permits will expire and will entail additional costs. Delay will also mean additional deterioration and continued leakage at the dam. 

         

        • FLP is committed to increasing public access to the pond. As a separate project, FLP plans to install a canoe and kayak rack at the Depot Road boat launch, with boats, paddles, and life jackets, available for Leverett residents to borrow. There are two other town-owned properties on the pond that might also be used to increase access in the future; discussions with private landowners are also ongoing. 

           

          • Leverett Pond offers exceptional scenic, recreational, and ecological benefits for the entire townThe lake is one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the Valley and a gateway to our town. People come for fishing, swimming, skating, boating, skiing, bird watching, and more. It’s home to eagles, blue herons, geese, beavers, otters, osprey, turtles, fish and other wildlife. We don’t want to lose this natural gem.
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  • FLP is committed to increasing public access to the pond. As a separate project, FLP plans to install a canoe and kayak rack at the Depot Road boat launch, with boats, paddles, and life jackets, available for Leverett residents to borrow. There are two other town-owned properties on the pond that might also be used to increase access in the future; discussions with private landowners are also ongoing.

  • Leverett Pond offers exceptional scenic, recreational, and ecological benefits for the entire town. The lake is one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the Valley and a gateway to our town. People come for fishing, swimming, skating, boating, skiing, bird watching, and more. It’s home to eagles, blue herons, geese, beavers, otters, osprey, turtles, fish and other wildlife. We don’t want to lose this natural gem.
  • FLP is committed to increasing public access to the pond. As a separate project, FLP plans to install a canoe and kayak rack at the Depot Road boat launch, with boats, paddles, and life jackets, available for Leverett residents to borrow. There are two other town-owned properties on the pond that might also be used to increase access in the future; discussions with private landowners are also ongoing.

  • Leverett Pond offers exceptional scenic, recreational, and ecological benefits for the entire town. The lake is one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the Valley and a gateway to our town. People come for fishing, swimming, skating, boating, skiing, bird watching, and more. It’s home to eagles, blue herons, geese, beavers, otters, osprey, turtles, fish and other wildlife. We don’t want to lose this natural gem.

Help save Leverett Pond!

4/27 Leverett Town Meeting to consider FLP request for CPC funds to save the Pond. 

 

This request has broad community support and is the final piece needed to replace the old, leaky dam essential to maintaining the pond in its current state. A vote in favor will not increase one's taxes. Please support us by voting yes on Article 19!