Plymouth: Whistleblowers: South Ponds Preserve & Why we need a management plan

This page is documenting violations of the Wetlands Protection Act, Town Wetlands Protection Bylaw and Conservation Restriction that Division of Fish and Wildlife is responsible for enforcing on the Town Forest in Plymouth. The Town is violating the CR and the state is doing nothing. In fact, it is trying to WEAKEN the CR. More information on that is on this page.

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August 17, 2022: violations continued the past two weeks. On 8/17/22 at about 7 p.m. fishing boat with gas engines go on the pond. The CR allows electric engines only. Harbormaster called. No signs say “no gas motors.”

August 4, 9:59 p.m. Illegal fire near aqueduct. Reported to Plymouth Fire Dept. and extinguished.

July 27, 2022-Wednesday. Erosion from Drew Road to Little South Pond in the Town Forest. This has been ongoing since 2020 when illegal parking on Drew Road eroded the road banking. Violation of Wetlands Protection Act, Conservation Restriction.

July 27, 2022 Drew Road Town Forest. Illegal trail resulting in runoff into Little South Pond.

July 23, 2022-Sunday

Report of ATV’s accessing Little South Pond/Drew Road beach via the Town DPW water supply well site on Rocky Pond Road. ATV tracks observed on Little South Pond beach.

Police called, “too busy” to address report of about 20 people swimming in Little South Pond and using blow up flotation devices; cars illegally parked along Drew Road.

More to come…


August 2020: Plymouth Board of Selectmen agree that CR prohibits swimming, make this announcement. What happened?

2020: Photos of destruction, Little South Pond, Town Forest

more to come