Each year, it’s different. Everything depends how much rain we get in the spring rainfall as well as the amount of snow that melts after the winter.

pond before manchaug dam

When we are not having a drought, the dam will have a strong waterfall. Manchaug is at its most magnificent when we’ve had plenty of rain. I haven’t seen the dam at full strength in four years.

Manchaug June 2015

Last year, the dam was nearly dry. The pond formed by the dam was a puddle, because they had closed the dams upstream to save water.

Manchaug falls june 2015

When the rivers don’t run and the ponds dry up, it’s tough on the wildlife. There’s no place for the swans and geese to nest. The fish can’t breed. But there’s no choice.

Manchaug dam falls maple trees

The dams control and contain water when rainfall is insufficient, which has been most of the past five or more summers. This year, the dam has a moderate waterfall, reflecting a good winter snow-melt, but weak spring rains.


Today, for example, it was supposed to rain, yet there was barely a sprinkle. We had no rain at all in May until the 31st of the month. Water restrictions are in place in most of the valley’s towns and villages.


I’m hoping we’ll have more rain. Everyone complains when it rains. Sunshine is popular for picnics and summer activities. Rain is not. But we need rain. Without good, drenching rains, the aquifer can’t refill. Reservoir levels drop. Wells go dry.

closeup manchaug dam waterfall

Water is as necessary as air. We cannot survive without it. Nothing survives without water.

Manchaug above the dam

The pictures in this post are by both Marilyn and Garry Armstrong. You can tell by the signature who took each picture.

I was using two different Olympus PEN cameras (PL-5 and PL-6) and a variety of lenses. I don’t remember which lens I used for which pictures (sorry!). Garry was using his big Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60 with its amazing 24-600 mm Leica lens.

manchaug daisies

Categories: Blackstone Valley, Dams and Waterfalls, Nature, New England, Photography, river, Water

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30 replies

  1. Beautiful pictures Marilyn. We need more rain this season, we are already behind. My garden is dried out and the grass has only deep cracks in it and its only June.


    • We get heavy rain and storm alerts (on my phone, mostly) — and then, nothing happens. We’ve had a lot of clouds and a lot of alerts and very little rain. A bit here and there, but no where NEAR enough. It’s worrisome.

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      • Don’t get me started, they are lying aren’t they. I got everything inside the house, covered stuff up because of the damn forecast and then…nothing. Not just once, they do that to piss me off.


        • They are just WRONG. Around here, the weird configuration of land in the valley mean it may rain heavily a mile away, but we get nothing here. Our garden is all drying up.

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          • My husband watches the local news every morning (I do think he is the only one). He drives me crazy with it, because I find it utterly stupid. The “weather guys” are plain entertainment, they get paid for predictions and they are always wrong. I have a scare on my finger and can always tell when the weather changes, because I lose feeling of half of my thumb…I should fill out an application, because my thumb knows 🙂


            • Anyone old enough to have arthritis know when the whether is changing. What’s harder to predict and which requires actually studying a weather map, is where the rain/snow will hit … and how much any one place will get. The last one, you really need to know something. But if you give me a weather map, I can tell you if we will really get rain or if it will just threaten, but not actually drop any water on us. I cannot predict how much, however.

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      • It’s nice to see all that water where there used to be little or none. A reminder we need rain even if the dogs and our bones disagree.
        Thanks for changing my thick crayola scrawled effort into a classy signature.


  2. Terrific set of photos by the both of you. I particularly like Gary’s opening photo. Definitely a keeper.

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  3. BTW nice photos both of you

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  4. We have a similar problem here. We just don’t appreciate how much we do need water. I know when we had such a bad, long, dry summer you just crave some rain.


  5. It looks lovely and green at the moment. I hope you will get some good rains over the summer and autumn though so you don’t have the well disasters of last year.

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  6. What a beautiful place Marilyn…..such stories of wee small folk could be generated in this place…..

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