By John Toole
---- — WINDHAM — The Cobbetts Pond Improvement Association is getting $77,000 for projects aimed at improving water quality.
Gov. John Lynch and the Executive Council approved the grant last week, which the state Department of Environmental Services recommended. The grant is fully funded by the federal government.
The grant will fund the second phase of storm water runoff improvements around the pond. The association’s Derek Monson said work will take place in the areas of Farmer and Horseshoe Pond Roads.
The grant was awarded through December 2014.
“This is great,” Monson said. “DES has been wonderful.”
Forty years ago, Cobbetts Pond was rated one of the cleanest lakes in the state. But that was before development burdened the lake with storm water runoff.
The pond association has worked for several years on initiatives to improve water quality. The state previously awarded about $80,000 to the association for a watershed restoration plan and another $100,000 for projects.
Monson said work has involved upgrading or installing storm water systems.
Work has been done in the Hawley and Marblehead Roads areas.
The association sees no end in sight to efforts to improve water quality on Cobbetts Pond, he said.
Monson said the group will continue to press those efforts with the help of DES and the town.
“We’re going to keep doing it,” Monson said. “We want to get it off the impaired water body list.”