Flood control district – constructed by Corps of Engineers.
Conservation and passive recreation.
Massachusetts Legislative Acts of 1972, Chapter 787
Between Summer Street in Weymouth and Liberty Street in Braintree
320 Acre watershed and conservation land, 20 acre holding pond, 290 foot dam, smelt brook, 8 foot diameter viaduct under Weymouth Landing.
Seven Member Board of Commissioners appointed by the Mayors of Weymouth and Braintree.
Two full-time Park Rangers.
Equal appropriations by the Towns of Weymouth and Braintree.
Summer nature program for children, nature classes conducted by local schools, tree planting, erosion control, outreach program to nursing homes, service organizations, etc.
Hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, biking, and snow-shoeing. Also have a Boy Scout campground and picnic grounds for families and organized groups.
Friends of Pond Meadow, a non-profit group funds small nature projects.
To the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – to maintain the flood control district to prevent loss of property and life due to flood conditions. To the Massachusetts Land & Water Conservation Fund – to maintain a facility for public use that is attractive and reasonably safe.
Specific Benefits to Towns:
- A Corps of Engineers publication states that our flood control project prevented damage amounting to $824,000, which would have resulted from a storm depositing 9” of rain in April 1987. There is no data on recent storms and hurricanes; however, there is no doubt that the district has prevented considerable flood damage.
- Existence of our flood control project has qualified Federal Flood Insurance policyholders for a 5% discount.