The Office of Watershed Management manages and protects the drinking water supply watersheds for approximately 2.5 million residents of Massachusetts, primarily in Greater Boston.
The Quabbin Reservoir, Ware River, and Wachusett Reservoir watersheds are the sources of drinking water for distribution by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA).
Hazard Mitigation means to permanently reduce or alleviate the losses of life, injuries and property resulting from natural and human-made hazards through long-term strategies. These long-term strategies include planning, policy changes, programs, projects and other activities.
Mitigation is the responsibility of individuals, private businesses and industries, state, local and federal governments.
Massachusetts has over 3,000 lakes and ponds that provide opportunities for recreation and valuable habitat for a wide diversity of plants and animals.
Water quality sampling and watershed monitoring make up an important part of the overall mission of the Division of Water Supply Protection . These activities are carried out by Environmental Quality Section staff at Wachusett Reservoir in West Boylston and at Quabbin Reservoir in Belchertown.
Annual Water Quality Reports are produced for both the Wachusett Reservoir and the Quabbin Reservoir & Ware River watersheds.
These reports detail the results of sampling performed in the tributaries and the reservoirs for bacteria, nutrients, conductivity, temperature, turbidity, algae, hydrogen ion activity and giardia/cryptosporidium. Read more .