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The Indian Ponds Association

Protecting Mystic Lake, Middle Pond, and Hamblin Pond since 1958

The three interconnected 100+-acre ponds in Marstons Mills, Massachusetts -- Mystic Lake, Middle Pond, and Hamblin Pond -- are, together, the Indian Ponds. They're kettlehole ponds, formed by pieces of ice left behind when the glaciers receded, and form an ecosystem that supports wildlife in, on, and off the water. They're also an integral part of the local community, and residents and visitors use the ponds for swimming, fishing, and boating year-round.

Latest News & Upcoming Events

The color version of the Summer 2023  newsletter is now viewable online.

In this issue:

  • IPA Annual Meeting Report
     

  • Message from your President
     

  • New Board members
     

  • Phosphorus: the devil's element
     

  • Foxes v. Coyotes
     

  • News Briefs:

    • Alum Treatment Update​

    • Annual Hydrilla control treatment

    • Bald eagles' new brood

UPDATE ON
24 FLUME

It appears the input and efforts of IPA, its members, and supporters have made in opposing the installation of helical piles for the proposed dock at 24 Flume are being heard.

 

After the unfortunate approval of the piles by our local Conservation Commission,  despite testimony and  many letters of opposition, the matter was  sent to the Massachusetts Department of the Environment, Wetlands, and Waters way Program.

A number of persons opposing the installation submitted letters to MASS DEP citing reasons the installation to helical piles is detrimental and dangerous, while reaping little to no benefit to the owners.  

In this letter to the owners of 24 Flume and their consultant Arlene Wilson, MASS DEP has for their respond the issues raised in the letter before July 10th.  

HAVE YOU PAID YOUR DUES?

For the benefit of both residents and visitors, the IPA has assiduously worked to monitor, preserve, and protect the fragile ecology of the three Indian Ponds, and their surrounding land since 1958.

 The IPA  2022 membership drive is now underway.  The cost of our important work  outlined in the Winter 2021-22 Newsletter together with  funding of our Schwarm Scholarship and Pond Restoration Funds depends on the generous contributions of our members through dues and contributions.

Our nominal $25 membership fee may  be remitted by check or PayPal.   Donors may  use the  envelope included in the Winter 2021-22 newsletter to renew their memberships and contribute to our important funds. Alternatively  they may send a check to our PO Box.  Both Membership dues and donations are tax-deductible as the IPA is a 501(c)(3) organization.   Further details may be found here.

 

We hope we  can continue to count on you.

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OUR MISSION

The Indian Ponds Association's mission is to preserve and protect the natural environment and ecological systems of the Indian Ponds and surrounding parcels of lands and watershed, and to participate in studies and work with other agencies, individuals, and groups to educate the public, serve the community, and promote and preserve the Indian Ponds and surrounding areas.

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WHAT WE DO

Members of our Association have been monitoring our ponds' health and advocating for responsible stewardship since the IPA's inception in 1958.

Read some of the highlights of over a half century of our history HERE

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JOIN US

New to the Indian Ponds?  

The Resident's Guide will give you a guided tour and can be viewed or downloaded HERE

Learn how to become a member HERE

Additional References and reading  available HERE

HOW TO VOLUNTEER
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