Arlington Reservoir News

Arlington Reservoir Committee hosted Boston Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (BARPCV) and Boston Volunteers on October 23, 2021. Read all about it!

For information about the Reservoir Swimming Beach, view the reservoir beach page on the Town of Arlington Website.

Arlington Reservoir Master Plan Project.   The Master Plan Project for the Arlington Reservoir, funded by the CPA, is underway, and it's going to be an exciting process!  The firm of Weston & Sampson has been hired as the consultants on the project.  More information about The Master Plan Project can be viewed on the Reservoir Master Plan Page.

New Invasive Plant Management Project Next to the Res.  An invasive plant management project has been initiated in the Cataldo conservation area next to the Res. (This is along the path that runs from the Res along Mill Brook to Bow Street Lexington and the bikeway.) Holly Samuels is leading this project with the approval of the Lexington Conservation Commission. More information about this project can be found on the East Lexington Community Association website.

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Welcome to the Arlington Reservoir website.

The Arlington Reservoir (the Res)  was built in the 1870's as part of a municipal water supply system, but has served since the 1890's as a recreational area for walking, swimming, fishing and boating.  A perimeter path of almost a mile is enjoyed by walkers, joggers and bird watchers throughout the year.

The total area of the Res and its shoreline is about 65 acres.  Although all of the Res and adjacent land is owned by the Town of Arlington, about half of it is located in Lexington.  The Res is part of the extensive watershed that connects Arlington's Great Meadows in East Lexington to the Mystic Lakes and Mystic River via Mill Brook.

The Reservoir Committee of the Envision Arlington Environmental Task Group is a group of concerned citizens working to solve the Reservoir's problems. The Committee meets on the third Tuesday of the month in the Arlington Town Hall Annex. Anyone with an interest in the Reservoir is welcome to participate.

Financial donations to support the work at the Res can be made through the Arlington Land Trust, PO Box 492, Arlington, MA 02476, or through their website: arlingtonlandtrust.

Information and Upcoming Events

>2020 Aquatic Management Survey.

>Committee Meetings: Meetings are currently and for the foreseeable future, on line.  If you wish to receive a notification, contact us through the contact form on this site.  Meetings are usually held on the third Tuesday of month at 7:30 pm.  The next meeting will be on July 19 at 7:30 pm. 

>Work Days: The are work sessions planned for Saturday, June 25 at 10 am and Saturday, July 23 at 10 am.

>We would like to start a gallery of recent photos of the Reservoir and surrounding grounds.  You can send us photos for posting by attaching the tif,  or jpg to a email sent from the contacts form.

Wildlife Habitat Garden

Two Reservoir Committee Members, Martine Gougault and Lisa Fredman, work on cleaning up the Garden in the early spring.  We work in the Garden frequently during the growing season from April to October.  Workdays are usually scheduled on the weekends but volunteers can help any time.  If you wish to participate, workdays are listed on this page in the section labelled upcoming events or contact us through the contact form on the Contact Page.  More pictures taken in the Habitat Garden.

A special debt of gratitude is due to the Arlington Department of Public Works Department, whose staff provided critical assistance and support in many ways, initially preparing the site and especially by installing the water pipes and spigots that helped sustain the garden through the dry spells.

The habitat garden is planted with native shrubs, grasses and wildflowers that provide shelter and food for a wide variety of wildlife, including rabbits, turtles, toads, birds, butterflies bees, dragon flies and many other species.  The successful wildlife habitat garden must provide food, water, shelter and places to raise young.  Native plants provide the foliage, pollen, nectar and seeds that many species need to survive.  The garden is located on the main path from the parking lot on both sides of the spillway (see map).

Inspired by an anonymous donation from an Arlington Land Trust member and subsequent contributions from many other ALT members and local residents along with support from the Conservation Commission, the Wildlife Habitat Garden came to life this spring and summer after several years of planning and design work.  The garden was started in 2011 and is maintained by the Reservoir Committee, a part of Arlington's Vision 2020.  Financial donations to support this work at the Reservoir can be made through the Arlington Land Trust, PO Box 492, Arlington, MA 02476, or through their website.  Those who wish to volunteer can contact us through the contact form on the Contacts page.