The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 21, 2006

Manageable water controls needed

To the Editor:

As a long-time advocate for the Cranberry Bog Reservation, I read with a sense of gallows humor the flurry of activity regarding the failing dam at the Cranberry Bog Reservation: "How long will the patched dam hold?" Carlisle Mosquito, July 14.

A check of collected notes/ correspondence with both Conservation Commissions reveals my concerns for the condition of this dynamic property as early as 1998, prompted by dam improvements and dredging which resulted in the de-watering of vast wetland acreage — including a good portion of the secondary pond in Chelmsford. The fisheries that previously thrived in this pond complex for 100+ years have been severely reduced; and to present day have not fully recovered. Ask any angler who has fished this area in years past. Adult fish simply cannot survive in muddy puddles a mere three feet deep. The herons and raccoons who feast on stranded prey soon find vital resources depleted.

Amazingly, diverse wildlife persists here — rare waterfowl, spotted turtles, river otter, even the occasional wayward moose. All rely on an ample supply of fresh water. Sadly, marsh hawks rarely hunt for mice in the now-manicured cranberry crops today, exposed fish eggs continue to dry along the shoreline as irrigation draw-downs continue annually. Perhaps now, with the loss of the upper pond, manageable water controls that conserve the headwaters of River Meadow Brook — the largest tributary of the Concord River and lifeblood of these conservation areas — will finally occur. The damage has been done; it's time to promptly secure funding and completion of this project.

Interested readers are invited to visit the River Meadow Brook Assoc. online at for additional information and a pictorial tour of the area and wildlife.

Tom Wilson

School nurses thank the eighth grade

To the Editor:

We would like to express our gratitude to this year's eighth grade graduating class for choosing us to be the recipients of this year's class gift. The beautiful glass-enclosed case is now on the wall outside the school health office and will be utilized to promote Health/Wellness messages to our students and staff.

Each of you will always hold a special place in our hearts. We have watched many of you from your early kindergarten days grow into wonderful young adults. It has been our pleasure to assist you during your time at the Carlisle Schools. We wish each of you great success in years ahead. Thank you.

Kathy Horan and Lori Desjardin
Carlisle School Nurses

2006 The Carlisle Mosquito