Protect the Quabbin
Last year, Gov. Deval Patrick declared a moratorium on new logging around the Quabbin Reservoir. But to safeguard our drinking water, Gov. Patrick needs to ban all commercial logging around the reservoir — permanently.
Drinking water for millions of Bay Staters threatened
For decades, more than 2 million Massachusetts residents have been able to count on clean, healthy drinking water from the Quabbin Reservoir. The forestland surrounding the Quabbin — set aside years ago thanks to the foresight of the state — filters out pollutants and helps maintain some of the purest drinking water in the country.
But in the past few years, the Department of Conservation and Recreation has allowed logging that could threaten the quality of our drinking water. Now, we are calling on Gov. Deval Patrick to permanently protect the Quabbin Reservoir.
Ban logging around the Quabbin Reservoir
Protecting the forestland surrounding the Quabbin has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as a key strategy for ensuring that millions of Bay Staters enjoy clean drinking water.
When mismanagement threatened the Quabbin, Gov. Patrick declared a moratorium on logging. But in the next few months, the governor will make a final decision — to either make the moratorium permanent or to permit logging on the Quabbin once more. We need to call on Gov. Patrick to heed the EPA, Harvard forestry experts, and thousands of Environment Massachusetts members — and permanently ban commercial logging around the Quabbin.
Urge Gov. Deval Patrick to safeguard the drinking water for millions, by protecting forestland near the Quabbin Reservoir.
- The Quabbin Reservoir is the largest source of drinking water in Massachusetts.
- Our forests are the best tool for keeping our water clean at the source—and Gov. Patrick can make the decision to protect them permanently.
- For decades, more than 2 million Massachusetts residents have been able to count on clean, healthy drinking water from the Quabbin.