Preserving Manchaug Pond For Now and The Future

The Manchaug Pond Foundation, and before that as the Manchaug Pond Association, has close to 60 years of working tirelessly to preserve and protect our amazing natural water resource, Manchaug Pond.  While many think of this 380 acre lake as their favorite recreation area, a great spot for bass fishing, a cherished camping area, and more, the lake is part of the Blackstone River system serving as the headwaters to a tributary, the Mumford River which impacts areas well beyond the shoreline.

Working together we are able to have a giant affect. Our organization takes a multifaceted and holistic approach to its conservation and that of the watershed alone and in cooperation with town officials, local regional, and state agencies and organizations. Please read on to do your part and consider getting involved!

CON-SER-VA-TION:  the careful preservation, protection, and restoration of the natural environment, natural ecosystems, native vegetation, and wildlife populations.

Dam & Water Level

 

  • Ownership: in cooperation with the Town of Sutton, secured local ownership from previous international manufacturer.
  • Maintenance: Negotiated donation of $350,000 fund from previous owner to ensure funding for future needs.
  • Water level and timing: in communication with local dam caretaker to ensure flood control; healthy fisheries, wetlands, and connectivity to coldwater fisheries; mechanical control of aquatic invasive species control; safe recreation; public access and tourism, property values and quality of life.

Watershed Conservation

WA-TER-SHED: The entire region draining into a river, river system, or other body of water.

WA-TER-SHED PRO-TEC-TION: protecting a lake, river, or stream by managing the entire watershed that drains into it.

 

Water Quality

Keeping Manchaug Pond healthy and clean has been a goal since organizing to work together in 1967 as the Manchaug Pond Association. Today, our approach and methods are varied and mult-faceted expanding beyond the lake and its shoreline residents to the many users and watershed resident and system-side with such groups as the Blackstone River Coalition, Massachusetts Congress of lake and Ponds and Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition. Join us to ensure Manchaug Pond will continue to remain for today and future generations . 

Action areas include:

  • Water monitoring & testing on-lake and in watershed
  • Installation of structural BMP’s of catch basins, filter systems, rain gardens, and more through two S. 319 Non-point Source Pollution Grants
  • Invasive weed survey, detection & eradication
  • Education programs for adults and youth targeting watershed residents, campers and visitors to the boat ramp, horse owners, and students and educators in the watershed towns of Sutton, Douglas and Oxford.

Since the beginning of the Manchaug Pond Association’s, now Foundation’s, existence we have been active in monitoring the health of the lake’s water quality through testing and securing two s. 319 Non point Source Pollution Grant Awards from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP).

The map shows the project sites made possible through the grants, with photos and information for each point of interest completed in the Manchaug Pond watershed. Simply click on a point of interest to learn about the improvements made to filter pollutants, nutrients and sediments from reaching Manchaug Pond.

For further information and what you can do around your home and landscape, please refer to our Water Quality pages under the Conservation section.