June Events

Posted June 4, 2022 Hello everyone!  June is here bringing in the summer season to Manchaug Pond! A reminder of our events and fundraisers offered this month by the Manchaug Pond Foundation is below.  Be sure to visit www.ManchaugPond.org for a full calendar listing and details. _______ First up, and this morning, is our Vessel Safety Check, June 4, 2022, promoting safe boating at the state boat ramp on Torrey Rd, Sutton from 9 AM to Noon. Both new and seasoned boaters find this annual event of value to get all safe and legal on Manchaug Pond.  There is no enforcement component and no police onsite, only educational, informative, one-on-one assistance from a certified examiner. This event is free, open to the public, and all vessels from motor boats to jetskis to paddle boards can participate.  Safe boating information, Vessel Safety Check decal, If Found stickers, and paddle reflectors are available for free. Also we have a few gently-used life jackets a member is offering for the taking. If interested, stop in at the ramp. _______   For the month of June, Manchaug Pond Foundation has been chosen for the Hannaford’s Bloomin’ 4 Good Program! All month, Hannaford’s Supermarkets will …

On the lookout for cyanobacteria

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!

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FREE Vessel Safety Check ~ Safe Boating!

BOATERS VESSEL SAFETY CHECK OFFERED AT MANCHAUG POND Manchaug Pond Foundation and a Green Bay Sail & Power Squadron volunteer help boaters stay safe. MANCHAUG POND, SUTTON/DOUGLAS:  JUNE 8, 2019 – With boating season under way,  the Manchaug Pond Foundation is sponsoring a free Vessel Safety Check (VSC) for all interested boaters at the state boat ramp on Manchaug Pond, Saturday, June 8th between 9:00 AM and Noon, Torrey Road in Sutton.  This is a no-cost, no-risk, courtesy inspection offered to all interested boaters of all ages.  All types of vessels are eligible from paddleboards and pedal boats, to sail, kayaks and canoes, to personal watercraft and power boats. Qualified Vessel Examiner Jim Arpin of the Greenwich Bay Sail & Power Squadron will help you make your vessel safe and legal. Did you know that a kayak, canoe, or pedal boat needs a whistle or horn? Or that any boat with a motor must be registered with the numbers displayed on the hull? Do you have life jackets for all on board? Jim will walk you through the rules and regulations for your vessel, point out both the required and recommended items to have aboard, such as fire extinguishers, life jackets, distress …

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Annual Meeting of the Members Saturday!

Posted August 8, 2018 Calling all members…  it is time for the ANNUAL Business MEETING of the Manchaug Pond Foundation – 9th for the Foundation and 51st for the MPA!  This year the date is a couple weeks early due to the availability of the facility so plan to join in Saturday morning, August 11th at the Dining Hall of the YMCA Camp Blanchard, Manchaug Road in Sutton on the shores of Manchaug Pond.     Pay your dues online today or at the door to attend!  9:00 AM the coffee will be on with a delicious homemade breakfast buffet to follow at 9:30. Business meeting agenda to include: Approval of the minutes Treasurer’s financial report for 2017 and 2018 to date Election of the Board of Directors by the members Setting the budget for 2019 Presentation of awards for the 2018 Boat Decorating Contest Old and new business from the membership. Guest speaker: Following the business meeting, presentations will be made by William Langlois and Edward Biehn on invasives, permitting, and the new initiatives including diver-assisted suction harvesting (DASH). Check out our YouTube playlist to view Diver-Assisted Suction Harvesting in action on other lakes having a huge impact! Plan to check …