DCR Watershed Plans

View the plans used to protect the drinking water supply for three million people in the greater Boston area .

DCR is continuously planning to maintain the superior water quality in the Quabbin Reservoir, Ware River, and Wachusett Reservoir watersheds.  DCR is also responsible for the emergency water supply from the Sudbury and Foss Reservoirs.

There are three critical components to the planning process for each watershed in the DCR/MWRA Water Supply System:

  1. Public Access Plan -  describes the management policies that allow people to recreate on DWSP lands while still protecting water quality.
  2. Land Management Plan - a thorough description of the watershed’s physical features, the natural resources on DWSP property, and the variety of techniques used by the agency to enhance water quality, including land protection and forest and wildlife management.
  3. Watershed Protection Plan - takes information from the Public Access Plan and Land Management Plan and integrates water monitoring findings and other studies to create an action plan that is the basis for an annual Work Plan and budget.

There are also other plans and reports that aid in developing each of these plans.

Planning for the Protection of the DCR/MWRA Water Supply System

Table of Contents

Public Access Management Plans

Quabbin Reservoir Watershed System Public Access Management Plan Update (2018)

Ware River Watershed Public Access Management Plan Update (2010)
Fall 2018: Update to Ware River Watershed Public Access Management Plan is now in process.

Wachusett Reservoir Watershed Public Access Plan Update (2011)

Sudbury Reservoir Watershed System Public Access Plan Update (2010)
Fall 2019: Update to Sudbury Reservoir Watershed Public Access Management Plan is now in process

Land Management Plans

2017 Land Management Plan
A comprehensive plan that covers the Quabbin Reservoir, Ware River, Wachusett Reservoir, and Sudbury Reservoir watersheds.

Previous Land Management Plans
The 2017 Land Management Plan references previous editions of each respective watershed's Land Management Plans:

Additional Resources

Plan Update in Process - Sudbury Reservoir Access Plan

Fall 2019: Update to Sudbury Reservoir Watershed Public Access Management Plan is now in process.

Contact

Phone

Field Headquarters (508) 792-7806
Watershed Rangers (978) 365-3800

Address

Field Headquarters
180 Beaman St.
West Boylston, MA 01505

Address

100 Winsor Dam Rd.
Belchertown , MA 01007

Address

Oakham Field Office Ware River Watershed
Oakham, MA 01068

Phone

Main Office (617) 626-1250

Open M-F 9am-5pm

Address

Main Office
251 Causeway Street
9th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
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