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2018 QQLA Photo Contest Results
(Posted 4/15/18)

Our most successful contest yet, if measured by the 46 photos entered - over a dozen more than the previously.

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Minutes of January 24 Board Meeting
(Posted 2/8/18)

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QQLA 2017 Year in Review
(Posted 2/9/18)

The Lake Association was busy in 2017. Here's a PDF review of the year, with plenty of photos. Enjoy!

2017 Fund Raiser
(Posted 11/2/17)

A letter from QQLA Finance Chairman Bill Seabourne regarding weed control, efforts to press for tighter regulations of the Spencer Waste Water Treatment Plant, flow barrier information and more.

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Spencer Waste Water Treatment Plant
(Posted 6/21/17)

QQLA’s Committee met for 2 hours on Friday, May 19 with members of the DEP and EPA at McDonald’s in Spencer.  NPDES progress discussed.  Ellen Weitzler from the EPA stated that Spencer is “committed” to the Plant’s upgrade. The town of Spencer voted to approve money for an engineering plan.  The new permit is slated to begin at the end of this year.

The “biggest” win for QQLA is that phosphorus flowing into North Pond from Spencer treatment plant will be calculated on ALL water entering the plant.  This will account for the nutrients (phosphorus) in the plant’s “lost” water.

QQLA expects to see the summer lower levels of phosphorus from the plant expanded into April each year.

PUBLIC HEARING will be announced and QQLA will send info out to all membership for interested persons to attend.  QQLA has hired our environmental science consultant and our environmental legal consultant to attend and represent our interests at the hearing.

August QQLA Newsletter
(Posted 8/13/17)

Flow barrier letter to MA DEP, weed control review, cheese dip recipe, and more.

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A Discussion of Lake Levels
(Posted 5/25/17)

Lake Quaboag (North Pond) is a natural body of water, with no dam or other level control device. Approximately 75-80 sq mi of watershed contribute runoff to the lake, but rain takes many hours to trickle down. Quaboag crests about 48 – 54 hours after a strong rain event. We’ve noticed that the lake rises about 6” for each 1” of rainfall – prior ground saturation can increase this ratio.

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Click here for a PDF of the May, 2017 QQLA newsletter.

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Welcome to QQLA

QQLA is a volunteer, non-profit organization of nearly 200 member families dedicated to preserving and protecting the quality of our two lakes (Quaboag and Quacumquasit are better known as North and South Ponds, and are located in Brookfield, East Brookfield and Sturbridge Massachusetts) and the surrounding watershed through the promotion of responsible, effective environmental policies.

QQLA Focus

Maintain healthy lake environment and water quality though regular water testing.

* Monitor for invasive vegetation species, algae, and phosphorus and other pollutants.
* Use best practices to manage water quality issues.
* Educate the lake community on best environmental practices.
* Communicate and coordinate our activities with the three towns, Brookfield, East Brookfield and Sturbridge and the Mass DEP.
* Foster and encourage a sense of community for QQLA members.
* Monitor water flow direction.
* Participate with East Brookfield in the operation of the flow barrier to prevent high water backflow into South Pond.

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