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
LETTER FROM IPA'S PRESIDENT
Please read the letter Butch Roberts has filed with the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection Waterways Regulation Program showing the results of the IPA petition.
Don't forget to file your letters about the helical piles proposed by the owners of 24 Flume before April 6th.
In order for there to be a hearing at least 10 citizens must write in.
TOWN VOTES UNANIMOUSLY FOR ALUM TREATMENT
At its April 27th budget meeting the Barnstable Town Council members approved $195,000 for an alum treatment to reduce phosphorus in Mystic Lake.
The full hearing can be viewed on Channel 18 here.
Learn more about Mystic Lake, its history, why the alum treatmen is important, cyanobacteria and its health implications by viewing the testimony of our speakers HERE.
Our thanks to the speakers and a very special thanks to all the IPA members who showed their support by attending in person.
Most of all we would like to thank the Town Council for voting to approve the appropriation.
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.
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.
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