This film was made with generous funding from the citizens of Manchester through a Community Preservation Committee grant. It gives the viewer an opportunity to follow the brook from its origin to the sea and learn about how it benefits the town and the challenges it faces along the way. You will also learn a bit of Manchester history and how the brook might be impacted in the future.
We hope viewing this film will be an entertaining and enjoyable opportunity to learn about this small but important brook. We trust it will also serve as a guide for planning, as Manchester faces the challenges of climate change, housing and drinking water needs.
The Manchester Coastal Stream Team (MCST) is a group of local citizens that meets monthly to discuss environmental issues concerning local waterways and to plan corrective measures. The group's work focuses on projects designed to maintain and improve water cleanliness and quality, and to preserve coastal habitats. All projects involve public participation and education.
MCST is active in the community and has successfully implemented many projects, including:
Adoption of Sawmill Brook under The Massachusetts Riverways Program (smelt habitat restoration project)
Dexter Pond habitat improvement
Assisting with coordination of storm drain stenciling projects
Working towards reduction of pesticide use in the watershed