The Department of Conservation and Recreation Division of Water Supply Protection (DCR/DWSP) owns 21,028 acres of land in the Wachusett Reservoir Watershed (including the reservoir). DCR/DWSP manages these watersheds primarily for water quality protection, drinking water supply, and environmental resource protection purposes. The Wachusett Reservoir Watershed 2011 Public Access Plan Update file size 2MB explains DCR/DWSP policies and outlines control measures to be used to mitigate impacts from public access on those lands. This plan includes policies for common recreational activities that occur on the land and water resources in the Wachusett Reservoir watershed. This update builds upon the information provided in previous public access plans and uses current regulations and legislation to outline policies for public access to DCR/DWSP property in Boylston, Clinton, Holden, Leominster, Princeton, Rutland, Sterling, and West Boylston. DCR/DWSP will begin implementation of the update to the Wachusett Reservoir Watershed 2011 Public Access Plan Update file size 2MB in July 2011.
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