Manchaug Pond Foundation Event

Labor Day Weekend Lighting of the Shoreline

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Join us in lighting the Manchaug Pond shoreline at 8:30 PM for Labor Day weekend on Sunday evening September 1st! This remains the last big weekend on the lake as children go back to school and the summer vacation season comes to an end. With flares, tiki torches, and campfires, light your waterfront, campsite and home showing solidarity with the Manchaug Pond Foundation…

Tomato Plant Sale To Benefit New Stream Team!

Posted May 24, 2020 Not the usual Manchaug Pond Foundation fundraiser but one from the heart of a student volunteer and to fund a new clean water initiative for Manchaug Pond! We are offering you, for a minimum donation of $5 each, beautiful heirloom variety tomato plants, raised from seed and organically-grown by one of our student water quality volunteers.  Hannah, a junior at Sutton High School, is offering this Heirloom Tomato Sale to raise funds for needed equipment and supplies for a new Manchaug Pond Stream Team and testing lab.    This will expand our current on-lake water quality monitoring and the cooperative efforts with the Blackstone River Coalition to take our volunteers up into the Manchaug Pond watershed to directly monitor the streams which carry water to the lake and to establish our own lab in order to avoid expensive outside fees. All tomato plants offered are grown here in the watershed and perfect for your home garden, campsite, or deck container garden  – order your tomato(s) online today – quantities are limited with only 101 plants available. –  Paypal, check or cash on delivery accepted. Local delivery this week or pick-up if desired. Any and all donations are …

Ice Safety

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We love out winter sports!  So how can you tell if ice is safe? There are no guarantees. Always consider ice to be potentially dangerous. You can’t judge ice conditions by appearance or thickness alone; many other factors like water depth, size of waterbody, water chemistry, currents, snow cover, age of ice, and local weather conditions impact ice strength.Ice tips to remember: New ice is stronger than old ice. Four inches of clear, newly formed ice may support one person on foot, while a foot or more of old, partially thawed ice may not. Ice doesn’t freeze uniformly. Continue to check ice conditions frequently as you venture out onto the ice. Ice formed over flowing water and currents is often more dangerous. Avoid traveling onto ice-bound rivers and streams, as the currents make ice thickness unpredictable. Many lakes and ponds may contain spring holes and other areas of currents that can create deceptively dangerous thin spots. Before heading out onto the ice Tell someone your plans, including where you are going and when you expect to return. Come prepared. Carry a cell phone in case of emergency. Always carry ice picks and rope with you on the ice. In case of emergency, drive the nails into the ice and …

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Kayaking? Life Jackets Required

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Did you know life jackets are required for cold weather kayaking in five states including Massachusetts? From September 15th through May 15th life jackets are required, yes mandatory, for all person’s kayaking and canoeing on Manchaug Pond and all other Massachusetts waterways. It is not enough to have the life jacket in the boat,  all persons on board a canoe or kayak must wear a life jacket/PFD at all times. People enjoy boating and fishing in the fall and spring, but a nice sunny spring or fall day can quickly become hazardous if you end up in cold water. According to the Massachusetts Environmental Police, most boating fatalities in the Commonwealth result when boaters fail to wear life jackets while in small craft in cold water or weather. Paddlers in canoes and kayaks are required to wear life jackets from September 15 – May 15. The Wear It! Campaign unites the efforts of a wide variety of boating safety advocates and is produced under a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Wear It! Campaign reminds boaters to: Make sure everyone – even experienced swimmers – wears a properly fitting …