Does the lake water level rise from just rain/runoff or does the lake have natural springs that feed the lakes water supply?
May 14, 2008 9:15 AM
Great question! The lake’s water level will rise from both rain and runoff from the watershed. Manchaug Pond is NOT fed by natural springs. (info from Lee Lyman of Lycott Environmental, Inc.) We need rain and soon! Can the rain/runoff bring the water level up quickly so residents and visitors can enjoy a safe season on the lake with swimming, boating, etc? Yes, definitely and I’ll get some photos of runoff for you, but the MPA Board of Directors continues to work to address the MPA membership’s call for a longterm solution to our dam situation. The dam owner has it up for sale, has moved their operation out of the area and is limiting their day-to-day involvement and liability. Also, as summed up nicely by a local official, in looking at the rule curve and regulations we have a “company interpreting in a conservative manner.” This week’s good news about the flashboards going in and the gate closed is a short term solution… we need to continue to work for the longterm.
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The MPA can also be reached by mail at MPA, P.O. Box 154, Manchaug, Massachusetts 01526.