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Contact WSCAC

Moussa Albert Siri,
Executive Director

Paul Lauensten, Chair

WSCAC, 485 Ware Road
Blue Meadow Conference Center
Belchertown, MA 01007
Phone: (413) 213-0454

Water Supply Citizens Advisory Committee
to the MWRA (WSCAC)

MWRA/WSCAC: The Quabbin Reservoir

WSCAC advises the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
and the Department of Conservation and Recreation on
water conservation and watershed protection strategies.

The office is now open from Monday - Friday and we are always available by email at:

Join Us!

Our meeting will be held:
January 9, 2024 at 10:00 am

Please e-mail Moussa for the meeting link.

Meeting schedule, summaries and minutes

Current Events

Remembering Whit Beals

We are sad to share that accomplished conservationist Whit Beals passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on September 14. His long career included work with the Connecticut DEP, the Roaring Brook Nature Center, the Nature Conservancy in Maryland and Boston, the Town of Wayland, Sudbury Valley Trustees, and the New England Forestry Foundation, from which he retired in 2019. He served as an MLTC Board member from 2011-2021, and was a current member of MLTC's Conservation Advisory Council. He also served as President of the Southborough Open Land Foundation and was a member of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority's Water Supply Citizens Advisory Committee for over 30 years. He was also the architect behind preservation of his family’s land – Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough. In addition, Whit recently finalized a donation of 550 acres of beautifully managed forestland in Ashburnham to New England Forestry Foundation’s Pooled Timber Income Fund. The donation ensures the property will continue to be managed for forest products as it has been since 1920 and Whit’s two sons, as the designated beneficiaries, will receive a lifetime income stream from the Fund. Whit's wisdom, positivity and support will be sorely missed. Arrangements are pending. 

October 2023 MWRA Water Use

Quabbin Voices - Fall 2023

MWRA Water System Expansion Evaluation to MetroWest Communities

Forests as Climate Solutions Presentation (PDF)

September/October - Upcoming Events offered by the DCR Visitor Center (Check out event descriptions/Register here)

2022 Annual DEP Watershed Inspection Report: Quabbin & Ware Watershed

2022 Annual DEP Watershed Inspection Report: Wachusett Watershed

MassDCR - Division of Water Supply Protection: YouTube Playlist link

DCR Watershed Forestry, Climate Resiliency, and Carbon

MWRA AB Watershed Protection Program Presentation

Turnaround Films: When In Drought, Massachusetts (7:45 min video)

Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) - 2022 Massachusetts Scorecard

DCR/DWSP FY23 2nd Quarter Progress Report

DCR Forest Health Update - 2022

Upcoming DCR Events (All ages are welcome, Register beforehand)

DCR Watershed System Salt Reduction

Ware River Watershed Public Access Management Plan Meeting Presentation 11/29/2022 (PDF)

Ware River Watershed Public Access Management Plan Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

MWRA Releases North and South Studies Focused on Expanding Water Service to Several Communities

Massachusetts DCR Forest Health Program - Storymap

DCR Water Quality Report 2021 - Quabbin Reservoir Watershed/Ware River Watershed

DCR-DWSP Forestry Proposals

Tips for Saving Water (PDF)

DCR Land Protection

DCR Land Aquisition

DCR Watershed Preservation Restriction

The Dividing Scar: Massachusetts and the Four Lost Towns

BWSC John Freeman Lecture (YouTube)

EOEEA's Drought Dashboard

Water Data Tracking

EPA - What to Plant

DCR Watershed Forestry Map Project

Understanding the Quabbin (Youtube)

Advisory Board Watershed Virtual Field Trip - "Just the FAQs!"

MWRA - A Healthy Environment Starts at Home

Quabbin Reservoir Historic Photograph Collection Digital Access Project (Youtube)

Water Conservation Toolkit

EPA's Watersense Program

PFAS in MWRA Drinking Water

12 Facts that Show Why Bottled Water is One of the Biggest Scams in the Country

Resilient MA Climate Clearinghouse

DCR’s Watershed Management Principles for Public Access Management in the Ware River Watershed (PDF)

Dovetail Partners Consuming Responsibly Report No. 1: Environmental Impacts of Tap vs. Bottled Water (PDF)

Division of Water Supply Protection: 2017 Land Management Plan (PDF)

SUEZ - Water Technologies & Solutions Video (YouTube)

DCR Video: Watershed Forestry: Managing for Resistance and Resilience

How to Get Your Water Tested

WSCAC Committee

Paul Lauenstein, Neponset River Watershed Association WSCAC Chair

Steven Daunais, Tata and Howard

Bill Kiley, Boston Water and Sewer Commission

William Copithorne, P.E., Town of Arlington

Andrea Donlon, Connecticut River Watershed Council

Michael Baram, Town of Belmont

Bill Fadden, OARS and SuAsCo Wild & Scenic Rivers

Gerald Eves, Trout Unlimited

Martha Morgan, Nashua River Watershed Association

Martin Pillsbury, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Janet Rothrock, League of Women Voters

Bruce Spencer, Retired DCR Chief Forester