41 cities and towns in Massachusetts rely on the Quabbin Reservoir for their drinking water. The Division of Water Supply Protection is responsible for protecting the quality of the water, and it takes its job very seriously. Anything that could pollute the water supply system is strictly prohibited, and rightfully so. Then why is Governor Patrick even considering allowing logging in this area? Logging allows giant, diesel-spewing logging trucks to enter the reservation, sometimes right up to the waterline.
All of the following activities are prohibited in the Quabbin Reservation and Reservoir :
- Cross country skiing
- Ice fishing or ice skating
- Off road bicycling
- Organized sports such as baseball, or Frisbee
- Horseback riding
- Collecting/metal detecting
- Fishing derbies
- Target shooting
- Marking trails or roads
Of course, don’t take picture of yourself doing any of these activities at the Quabbin itself!