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Latest News: Marston-Finn Conservation Dam is complete!!
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Moeckel Pond was created in 1778 by a dam that was the foundation of Simpson Mill. For over 200 years the pond as been source of food and rest for migrating waterfowl, and a supply of water for the abundant wildlife in the surrounding woods. It also helped restore clean water to the aquifer used by people.
In 2010, damage to Moeckel Dam forced the once vibrant pond to be drained, leaving a dry lifeless bed of weeds. Waterfowl lost their feeding grounds, silt washes downstream, fish and turtles are gone. There is no water for fire protection, and a beautiful New Hampshire pond is lost.
2020: After a decade of research, planning, community support, hard work, tremendous persistence, and an amazing construction crew, the Marston-Finn Conservation dam has been completed! On September 21, 2020, the New Hampshire Dam Bureau approved the Marston-Finn Conservation Dam to begin holding water, and on September 25, the George Cairns and Sons crew took the momentous step of removing the sandbags comprising the coffer dam. Ten years in the making, water was once again able to re-establish the wildlife haven of Moeckel Pond. With the help of some much needed rain the pond quickly began to fill and by October 23 water was flowing over the dam. Dozens of ducks returned within days to enjoy the new pond. We can’t wait to see what natural beauty the pond will bring in the years to come!
The Friends of Moeckel Pond is a non-profit charity formed to reconstruct the dam and restore this environment. We need your help to reach our fundraising goal. Please give. The heron and the fox will appreciate your gift.
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