Be a Weed Watcher…
Help keep Manchaug Pond free of invasive species! Share the mission of our Aquatic Plant Survey Teams at the boat ramp, dock, campsites, roadsides and along the shore and in the water!
Early detection and removal is the key!
If we all monitor the pond, we can remove invasives before they spread!
If you see it…
- pull it or cut it out
- bag it
- and dispose of it away from the lake
- note the location where you found it and contact the MPF Aquatic Plant Survey Teams
JOIN a Manchaug Pond Foundation's Aquatic Plant Survey Team
The MPF has two trained* teams of volunteers who annually survey Manchaug Pond in a 50 plus point grid identifying all submerged aquatic plants, monitoring existing plant varieties, tracking size of weed bed growth, watchful for new invasives, and following up in kayak and snorkel! We want you to join us in our important work in keeping these invasive weeds from Manchaug Pond.
*Training: Special thanks to DCR Lakes and Ponds Program's Tom Flannery and Jim Straub as well as Lycott Environmental.
“On a global basis…the two great destroyers of biodiversity are, first, habitat destruction, and second, invasion by exotic species…”
E.O. Wilson, Strangers in Paradise, 1997
“He who dwells everywhere, Maximus, nowhere dwells.” Marcus Valerius Martial, AD 86 -103
Watch for Winter Lake-level Drawdown
Since 1990, lake-level drawdown has been employed to control aquatic plants and keep them in check in Manchaug Pond. The Manchaug Pond Foundation advocates for this no-cost, effective method of weed control with the lake's dam owner.With a shallow shoreline of less than five feet, drawdown offers a good knock down of invasives at beaches and docks.
Control is dependent on depth of drawdown and winter weather which contributes to the freezing and drying of shoreline soils. Snow cover and lack of freezing temperatures can impede to the process.
The Most UNWanted!
Let’s keep these invasives out of Manchaug Pond!
If you see, contact us ASAP so the Weed Watcher teams can respond right away! Click the photo for a link to learn more about each non-native invasive.
Established Invaders we need to keep in check!
REMEMBER! Your activities count: at the lake, on the water, and in the watershed:
- Fertilize your lawn not the lake or impervious surfaces. Runoff from your landscape will fertilize lake plants causing them to grow.
- Clean your boats before bringing to the lake. Avoid weedy coves! Your propeller captures, bringing back to your dock where they drop and root.
- Remove floating weed fragments from lake - dry and burn or compost or bag and dispose
- Don't bring in beach sand! - A rocky shore inhibits plant growth.
- Pet waste is a source of bacteria: remove, bag and dispose or bury away from the lake shore.