Manchaug Pond Foundation Water Quality

TODAY! Annual Spring Lake & Watershed Cleanup

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Spring into action where everyday is Earth Day – for the Annual Manchaug Pond Spring Lake & Watershed Cleanup!

Clean up


Today is the day!  You are needed to canvas the lake shoreline, public boat ramp, and watershed roadsides to remove litter and other potential threats to water quality.

Come alone, bring family, friends, and neighbors as all are invited to meet at the state public access boat ramp at Manchaug Pond, 22 Torrey Road in Sutton, anytime between 9:00 a.m. and noon to fan out across the watershed.

Refreshments, good company and the fresh beauty of Manchaug Pond will make for a great morning! Safety vests, gloves, and garbage bags will be provided. Rain date will be Sunday, April 23rd with notice posted on the Manchaug Pond Foundation social media and website at

Volunteer time will support the Foundation’s Phase III s.319 Non-point Source Pollution Grant volunteer match requirements under the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) grant award. (For each person attending, we are credited $32.15/hour/volunteer towards a $177,656 match requirement for this grant.)

Manchaug Pond is a scenic 380 acre community natural resource located in Sutton and Douglas. Manchaug Pond Foundation looks to improve the water quality with annual spring and fall cleanups, monitoring and testing, watershed conservation, and through the education of watershed residents, lake visitors and campers. As a 501(c)(3) all volunteer non-profit public charity dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of this great pond of the Commonwealth, we focus on initiatives and programs addressing water quality, boating safety, water level/dam, aquatic invasive plants, watershed conservation, and more. A display highlighting the work of our s319 Non-Point Source Pollution grant and educational information for residents, lake users and hobby farmers will be offered the day of the cleanup. As all of us live in a watershed, additional resources for educators, students, lake visitors, residents and hobby farmers are also available at the Foundation’s website or at the MassDEP Massachusetts Clean Water Toolkit at



This project has been financed with Federal Funds from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (the Department) under an s. 319 competitive grant. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of EPA or of the Department, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.