Town Committees

Ponds and Waterways Committee

Here is a list of questions the Ponds and Waterways Committee answers on a regular basis. We try to keep this as up to date as possible. If you can't find the answer to one of your questions, feel free to ask us. See the "Contact Information" section on our department home page for how to contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ponds and Waterways Committee

A pond near me is covered by green scum in the summer. What causes this and should I be worried about it?
How can I get my soil tested and why is this a good idea?
A soil test can be a valuable tool in assessing your lawn's nutritional balance and as an aid to protecting the environment and saving money by applying only the amount of fertilizer needed. For more information, visit the UMASS Extension website at: http://www.umass.edu/soiltest/.
I am having flooding problems on my property due to beaver activity in the area. What can I do?
Dealing with problems caused by beavers is controlled by state law. The following site gives detailed explanations of the options available and the procedures that must be followed. It is important to understand both the beavers and the law before proceeding with any action.

http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/wildlife/facts/mammals/beaver/beaver_conflicts.htm
I have a pond (or stream) on my property and would like to remove some trees and shrubs along the edge. Are there any restrictions I should be aware of?

Any alteration of land bordering waters is regulated by state law. A well defined procedure must be followed before any action is taken. The law can be found at:

http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/131-40.htm

For more information or to initiate the permit process, contact the Sudbury Conservation Commission. The Conservation Commission website can be found at:

http://www.town.sudbury.ma.us/committees/committee_home.asp?dept=ConservationCommission

What are some ways to have an eco-friendly lawn?

Here are some links to helpful tips:

What are the names of the 9 watersheds in Sudbury?
Cutting, Frost Farm, Goodnow, Great Meadows, Nobscot, Pelham Island, Powder Mill, Wayside, Woodside
What is the strange-looking orange machine I saw on the Sudbury River?
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