Lake Mansfield is an approximately 30-acre body of water, located within the Housatonic watershed less than one mile from downtown Great Barrington. The Lake is a Massachusetts Great Pond and is a recreational and scenic resource for the entire Town. Swimmers, walkers, runners, bikers, canoeists, and kayakers of all ages enjoy its lovely setting and tranquil waters as well as its beach area, play area, and the boat launch.
The Town's Lake Mansfield Improvement Task Force (LMITF) has developed a comprehensive plan to protect and steward the lake. LMITF's top priority is to reduce nonpoint source pollution (stormwater runoff), which dumps sediment and pollutants into the lake with every rain storm. The sediment is making the lake shallower and warmer, and the pollutants add nutrients. This is making the lake a perfect habitat for invasive weeds, with the threat of overtaking the ecosystem and choking out the lake's fish and native plants.
The links below describe the LMITF's efforts to obtain grant funding to mitigate the nonpoint source pollution. Please call the Town Planner with any questions or concerns.
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