This year, the Manchaug Pond Foundation expands our water quality monitoring program to include monitoring for the presence of harmful algal blooms in order to learning more about the waters and the ecology of Manchaug Pond and to protect the health and safety of this water resource.
This action is an outcome/recommendation identified after an intensive survey and study of Manchaug Pond outlined in a Watershed-Based Plan completed March 2021 prepared by Manchaug Pond Foundation and Comprehensive Environmental Inc. for Mass Department of Environmental Protection.
Our volunteers will sample as part of the Worcester Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative. The Collaborative is a group of citizen science volunteers who work to better understand the diversity of algae and cyanobacteria in the lakes and ponds of Worcester County. Currently those participating are in the Blackstone River system.
Specifically, each month from May through October, Manchaug Pond volunteers take three water samples from the lake which they will then take to the lab to examine under a microscope. Commonly found and identified are various species of algae, cyanobacteria, diatoms, zooplankton, etc.
Goals of the Collaborative:
Contact us to volunteer – Currently two samplers are needed for this Manchaug Pond team.
Sampling Days 2021:
Why do we care?
Algae and cyanobacteria can make the water look and smell unappealing, reduce clarity, and some types of cyanobacteria produce toxins harmful to human health, pets and wildlife.