Posted January 20, 2022
Join us this evening at 6:30 p.m. for a virtual water quality event presented by the Worcester Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative. Manchaug Pond Foundation joined the collaborative last year for the 2021 monitoring season. Our volunteers took monthly samples with the goal of learning more about Manchaug Pond and about the algae found naturally in the lake. Tonight program data on Worcester and participating area lakes will be highlighted. Manchaug Pond’s results were superb!
What contributes to algae blooms and cyanobacteria occurrences in lakes and ponds? Negative impacts to our water quality occur when nutrients and sediment flow into our water resources either directly or through watershed streams and runoff. Nutrient-rich lawn and landscape fertilizer, pet and other animal waste, and malfunctioning septic systems can all be major threats to our blue spaces. Excessive nutrients promote aquatic plant growth and increase algae which can cause widespread algae blooms.
Special thanks to our volunteers and to the City of Worcester Parks & Recreation Department Blue Spaces team for this effort. Watch for more information on our efforts to protect Manchaug Pond’s water!