Water Bodies Working Group
The Water Bodies Working Group assesses the needs of all the water bodies in Arlington and coordinates management. The goal of the Water Bodies Working Group is to remove invasive aquatic plants and improve the overall water quality of Arlington's water bodies.
Arlington has fourteen water bodies, including five lakes/ponds and nine streams. An assessment of Arlington's water bodies, conducted in 2015, revealed that a majority of these water bodies are negatively impacted by polluted runoff and stormwater discharges due to the highly urban nature of Arlington and surrounding towns. Most of these water bodies also have aquatic invasive plants that can degrade water quality, impede recreational use, and degrade aesthetics. The Water Bodies Working Group leverages a triage-based approach to improve the Town's water bodies. This triage-based approach categorizes the water bodies into three categories, and then allocates resources to management based on need. The categories include:
1. Water bodies that are in generally good shape that do not need much help, or have issues that are being addressed by other agencies or funding sources, e.g., Upper & Lower Mystic Lakes and Upper Mystic River
2. Water bodies with some issues that could benefit from directed intervention, e.g. Spy Pond, Arlington Reservoir, Hills Pond, McClennen Park Detention Ponds (Reeds Brook)
3. Water bodies that are in poor shape with many issues that would need major efforts and thus funding to improve, e.g. Mill Brook, Alewife Brook.
The following links provide further information on Arlington Water Bodies Assessments: