DCR Watershed Plan Publications

View the plans used to protect greater Boston's drinking water supply.

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

Annual Work Plan

FY18 Watershed Management Annual Work Plan

FY17 Watershed Management Annual Work Plan Final Report

Watershed Protection Plan

2013 DCR Watershed System Watershed Protection Plan Update


Public Access Plans

Quabbin Reservoir Watershed Public Access Plan Update (2017 DRAFT)

Ware River Watershed Public Access Management Plan Update (2010)

Wachusett Reservoir Watershed Public Access Plan Update (2011)

Sudbury Reservoir Watershed System Public Access Plan Update (2010)

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:

Invasive Species

Aquatic Invasive Species Assessment and Management Plan (2010)

Wachusett Aquatic Invasive Species Update (2016)

Terrestrial Invasive Plants: Problem Statement and Management Strategy (2011)


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