Sutton Conservation Commission Mtg – 45 Oak St/BlueWave Solar, Douglas

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The Sutton Conservation Commission meeting on  March 6, 2024 at 6:30 pm will include an update of an item affecting Manchaug Pond.  Significant runoff and pumping from the construction site of the 45 Oak Street Solar project has caused significant sediment and large volumes of sediment-laden water to be pumped into abutting properties, the watershed, on Oak St flowing down to Parker Court, Douglas and Holt and Torrey Roads, Sutton and carried directly into Manchaug Pond, Stevens Pond and the greater Mumford River. Water quality and our waterlevel are heavily impacted. Click here to access Sutton Conservation Commission website. Attend in person, participate on Zoom, watch on YouTube Town of Sutton Cable live stream or on Sutton’s Verizon and Spectrum cable stations.

Douglas Conservation Commission Mtg – 45 Oak St/BlueWave Solar

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The Douglas Conservation Commission meeting on Monday, March 4, 2024 at 7:00 pm will include an update on a few items affecting Manchaug Pond. Enforcement Order review: 45 Oak St Solar: Stormwater/Sediment-laden runoff and discharge from the construction site of the 45 Oak Street/BlueWave Solar project has caused significant sediment to be pump into the watershed on Oak St down to Parker Court, Douglas and Holt and Torrey Roads, Sutton and carried directly into Manchaug Pond, Stevens Pond and the greater Mumford River. Oak Street Solar Project (DEP #143-0989) Consult the Douglas meeting calendar for agenda and Zoom link at https://www.douglas-ma.gov/calendar Meeting begins at 7:00 PM in the Douglas Municipal Center Resource Room, 29 Depot Road, Douglas. Please plan to attend either in person or via Zoom.  

Hobby Farming with Our Water Resources in Mind: MAKE A PLAN!

Posted: Friday, May 12, 2023 Did you know?  Agricultural activities that cause non-point source pollution most generally occur in the absence of a conservation plan according to EPA.  How do you use your property?  You can conduct your farming activities in ways that protect water resources! Remember… we all live in a watershed (the area of land that drains into a certain waterbody like Manchaug Pond), so our daily activities at home, around the lake, at the campsite, and at the barn are something we need to think about when it comes to the lake and clean water. Do you understand your site and how to work with it? Is your farm, garden, or barn/coup area “stormwater friendly”? Do you know the Best Management Practices (BMPs) that can help? Learn more… check out this second in a series of newsletters geared to small farms, gardeners and animal owners… Click the icon for a PDF of Fact Sheet 2.2: How Can Hobby Farmers Protect Water Resources? and visit our Hobby Farm website page and our Hobby Farm Facebook group for all fact sheets and watch for our next in the series on Friday.  If you live in the Manchaug Pond watershed, …

Manchaug Pond Foundation Spring Cleanup 2022

Hello Spring: An April Update!

Posted April 13, 2022 Hello everyone!  Manchaug Pond’s waterlevel is up, the spring peepers are singing in the coves and wetlands, and the boats are already making waves! We’re ready for the warm summer season! Through the winter months, the Manchaug Pond Foundation Board of Directors has met regularly with our organization advocating and taking action in a number of local, regional, and state arenas to raise awareness, and secure support and fiscal resources to benefit the health of Manchaug Pond and it watershed.  As headwaters/ a major contributor to the Mumford River, as a recreation and tourism destination, and as a valuable water resource of the Commonwealth, Manchaug Pond is significant. In serving, I’ll be providing regular updates as to our efforts and accomplishments together and opportunities for you to make a difference! _______ Tonight, April 13th at 6PM, the Town of Sutton will hold an information-seeking meeting to discuss the river’s flow through the village of Manchaug: the dams, the ponds, and the flows which impact the village community.  The goal is to pursue a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grant to identify existing issues and then create a plan and prioritize solutions and improvements which could include dam …

Spring Cleanup ~ Saturday, April 24th

Posted April 17, 2021 Let’s do it! The Manchaug Pond Foundation is organizing the annual spring cleanup of Manchaug Pond and its watershed for Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 9 AM to Noon with a rain date the following day.  Volunteers are needed to canvas the lake shoreline, public boat ramp, and watershed to remove litter and other potential threats to water quality: in boats to cover the lake’s coves and shoreline, walking the watershed roadsides, at the public access boat ramp, in pickup trucks to shuttle volunteers and pick up bags of trash. Go it alone or meet anytime from 9 AM to 12:00 Noon at the Public Access Boat Ramp at 22 Torrey Road in Sutton to team up with others, get gloves and trash bags, and grab some refreshment and conversation. Community service completion sheets will be available for students, scout and church groups and any others needing documentation of time donated to a great cause! All are invited to join Manchaug Pond strong! If you plan to go it alone or with your own team, please Contact us! with the neighborhood or roadside(s) you will be addressing so that we can maximize the area covered and …