Green Pond is one of a number of coastal ponds in Falmouth. It covers over 135 acres and is an important natural and recreational resource for the people of Falmouth and visitors. Most of the area around the pond is private residential property interspersed with a few commercial businesses and open space. As with other areas of Massachusetts, the tidelands around the pond fall within the jurisdiction of Chapter 91 (the Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act). Through Chapter 91, the Commonwealth seeks to preserve and protect the rights of the public, and to guarantee that private uses of tidelands and waterways serve a proper public purpose. In order to better protect the natural resources and to manage uses of the coastal ponds, the Town of Falmouth decided to develop harbor management plans for each of them. The Green Pond Harbor Management Plan is the first of these.
The overarching goals for the Green Pond Harbor Management Plan (and future plans for the other coastal ponds in Falmouth) are to:
- Preserve and enhance the open space and recreational values provided by the town’s system of coastal ponds;
- Reduce harmful effects of uses and activities in and surrounding the coastal ponds in order to restore and preserve coastal pond ecosystems and allow for sustainable human uses; and,
- Improve governance and stewardship of the coastal ponds through identification of regulatory designations.
Urban Harbors Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston, "Green Pond Harbor Management Plan (DRAFT)" (2009). Urban Harbors Institute Publications. 13.