What's New on The Pond?
What’s New on The Pond?
The Mashpee Wampanoag and Town of Mashpee participated in the 2021-2022 SNEP Network Stormwater Planning Series which guided them through the process of developing a conceptual design for a nature-based stormwater retrofit at Santuit Pond Town Landing. Additionally, the Town of Mashpee was awarded Municipal Vulnerability Program (MVP) grants in 2021 and 2022 to conduct a detailed survey to identify opportunities to improve stormwater management and pollution runoff around the pond. The grants also advanced the development of stormwater retrofit designs at several locations, and construction of stormwater retrofits along Timberlane Drive.
The Town of Mashpee hosted a Santuit Pond Town Landing Community Visioning Workshop on November 19, 2022 to share concepts for stormwater improvements and other possible enhancements to the Town Landing site and collect feedback from the public and key stakeholders. The Santuit Pond Town Landing proposed concept design was developed by Fuss and O’Neill in partnership with the Town of Mashpee and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.
Santuit Pond Landing Community Visioning Workshop, Mashpee, MA
The conceptual stormwater retrofit design at Santuit Pond Town Landing incorporates multiple design features resulting in multiple co-benefits described below:
Improved Stormwater Management with features that include permeable surfaces, bioretention, and water quality swales and rain gardens to capture, treat, and infiltrate road runoff and reduce loadings of sediment and nutrients to the pond.
Water Quality and Ecological Improvements that include enhanced shoreline vegetated buffers and restoration of a degraded, low-quality wetland along the site’s southern shoreline.
Site Reconfiguration to support stormwater and ecological enhancements that include changes to the layout and use of the property to allow for motorized boating access at one of the two existing boat launch areas as well as dedicated vehicle and trailer parking in the upper portion of the site.
Site Repurposing to support the diverse key stakeholders and users of the site. Enhancements include a resilience trail system, dedicated facilities and areas of the site for non motorized boating (canoes, kayaks, etc.), shoreline fishing, and educational features about stormwater management, water quality, climate resilience, and the history and cultural significance of Santuit Pond for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.
Town Landing Proposed Concept Design: