Manchaug Pond and Tuesday’s Morning Fog

About 6:30 Tuesday morning a fog rolled in to Manchaug Pond and the shoreline neighborhoods were wrapped in white. The water was calm and quiet with no boats on the water. But I said to myself, “Jeez, I can’t report that… there are “Those opposed” who would have a field day with us being put a fog!”

But the fog had rolled in and I knew first hand that the MPA had kept its head – stayed on course these past few years working toward a solution to the waterlevel issue and yet not losing sight of our overall mission and other goals and priorities. We are seeing our s.319 grant through – bringing new technology to the watershed to get at the root causes of weed growth and poor water quality. The findings to our latest weed study are in and we continue to broaden our efforts in the watershed with groups concerned about land conservation, coldwater fisheries, wetlands protection, invasives and the river system as well as Manchaug Pond. Stabilization of the waterlevel has been achieved and an awareness of our 380 acre lake exist within the user community, the two towns and at the state level…. and then Joe and Doreen’s comment on yesterday’s post came in, and the reminder from a friend of the words of a long ago loved poem by Rudyard Kiplings

… so let the fog come and settle for a while and let the rains pelt upon us … we will still be here when it is all said and done and they are long gone.

We are learning a lot about lake, and the watershed and making solid advances for this Great Pond ensuring its preservation for ourselves, the Commonwealth and for future generations.

Future posts will include: controlling geese, results of the weed study, big birds of Manchaug Pond, boating safety, update on the boat ramp rain garden, and anything else that comes along… is there anything you would like to talk about?

Comments 2

  1. Is the MPA looking at purchasing the dam at all? I know that Manchaug Pond probably has less than half the residents that the Whitins Res has, but with 2 campgrounds that have a vested interested in seeing the waterlevel stay up, I’d think it would be a no-brainer. It seems like Interface wants to get rid of the dam, anyways. Also, with many companies/people affected downstream, a fundraiser would probably work.

  2. You make the statement “Stabilization of the waterlevel has been achieved…” in this posting, yet I’m watching the water drop significantly. It appears the excessive amount of water draining into stevens pond blew out their dam. I’m surprised that alone didn’t warrant putting in boards. If we continue to lose water at this rate, it’s going to be another short summer on the lake.

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