Massachusetts has over 3000 lakes and ponds that provide
opportunities for recreation and valuable habitat for a wide
diversity of plants and
animals. However, over the years, many citizens of Massachusetts
have observed a decline in the health of their lakes and ponds.
This is a starting point for concerned citizens who
wish to learn about lake ecology and ways they can protect the
future of their lake or pond. The first section will help
you understand the basic concepts of watersheds and the ecology
of lakes and
covers the importance of a watershed approach to lake and pond
protection and the ecology and cycles within a lake system.
next two sections
address the main causes of reduced water quality and outline
ways that you, as a concerned citizen, can adopt a proactive
role in preventing further degradation to our waterbodies. There
is also information for people who wish to go one step further
and begin or join a lake association, apply for grants or obtain
additional education publications. Act
now and protect your lake’s future!
You will need Acrobat Reader to view the guide, which
is divided into three parts for ease of downloading.
Chapter 1 Understanding Watersheds (207 Kb)
Chapter 2 Lake and Pond Basics (392 Kb)
Chapter 3 Lake Issues and Management (337 Kb)
Chapter 4 Actions You Can Take to Protect Your Lake (240 Kb)
Chapter 5 Resources (148 Kb)
You can also download the complete Lakes and Ponds