On February 4th, the dam owner presented a newly revised operation and maintenance plan for Manchaug Pond to the Sutton Conservation Commission. The dam owner stresses their primary goal is “to maintain the safety and stability of the dam.” The plans bear their engineer’s stamp and will be submitted or have been submitted to the state Office of Dam Safety for approval. The Sutton Conservation Commission is involved through the Wetlands Protection Act to ensure that proposals do not adversely impact the Pond ecosystem.
(I hope that captures the essence of the situation in a simple forthright manner without diminishing the weight of the matter or the responsibilities of the parties involved.)
So… What is the role of the Manchaug Pond Association?
Education. Advocacy. Stewardship.
We need to bring Manchaug Pond to the face of decision makers at all levels. The lake is our backyard, we know it best. We see the impacts. We need to communicate… to replace the “conceptual, desktop evaluation” with facts, actual data from Manchaug Pond.
So what can you do? Join us. If you are not a member of the MPA and would like to be on our mailing list email the MPA at infoMPA@charter.net.
The next meeting of the Sutton Conservation Commission is February 18th.
The Manchaug Pond Association… founded in 1967 “to promote the welfare and correct use of Manchaug Pond and the contiguous area.”