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Quaboag Quacumquasit

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New Movie About Wildlife Around Our Ponds
(Posted 10/7/19)

Hank Bonney has created a video filmed in the woods next to North Pond. See it here.

2019 Autumn Photo Contest
(Posted 9/27/19)

We are launching our sixth photo contest. The theme for this contest is simply AUTUMN. Prizes for the winner + two runners up: choice of QQLA Baseball Cap, Tee Shirt, or a box of note cards with images from prior photo contests.
1. Photos need not be taken this year! Photos of any age are eligible for submission.
2. Submit up to 4 digital photos that you or a family member have taken to: RanWiz@gmail.com
3. There is NO FEE to enter this contest.
4. Photo size should be no smaller than 500 pixels on smaller side...no larger than 3000 pixels on the larger side. Outsized photos will be resized so the judges have an equal chance of choosing all photos.
5. Add a title to the photo if you like - photos with no title will have a simple descriptive title added to help the judges identify photos during judging.
6. Deadline for submissions: MONDAY NOVEMBER 11 [Veteran's Day].
1. Photos will be submitted (with name of photographer hidden) to a three-judge panel who choose a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place.
2. Winners will be announced shortly after the end of the submission by a broadcast email to all members.
3. WINNERS' photos & possibly some other photos may also be featured in future newsletters, Facebook, and our website
1. Photos must be taken on or around our two lakes: Quaboag & Quacumquasit (North and South Ponds). "Around" is interpreted to mean within about 100' of the shore of either lake, PLUS the Quaboag or Seven Mile River.
2. Photos of children are allowed ONLY if they are YOUR children or grandchildren.
3. Photoshop effects and other digital enhancements ARE allowed for this contest.
4. ALL photos submitted become the property of QQLA.org. Reproduction copyrights and any other intellectual property rights to any submitted photo become the property of QQLA.org. We promise NOT to sell any photo rights to any other organizations or entities.

This photo, "Autumn Kayak," by Lou Fazen (an entry in a prior contest) is placed here to inspire you to submit COLORFUL photos!

Results of Paddle Poker Run
(Posted 9/9/19)

Weather for the paddle was excellent, with nearly 50 paddlers overall. Read about it here.

Minutes of September 17 Board Meeting
(Posted 9/30/19)

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Permit Issued! Spencer Waste Water Treatment Plant
(Posted 6/20/19)

After 25 years of frustration, US EPA / MA DEP have finally heard, listened to and taken action regarding treatment plant issues raised by QQLA. A new permit was issued for the Spencer Plant. This is a victory for clean water!

Unfortunately, our work is not done. There are no penalties or financial burdens put in place to insure that the Town of Spencer or the SWWTP deadlines and condit ...

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More about the Spencer Waste Water Treatment Plant >

June 2019 Newsletter
(Posted 6/19/19)

The bird watching edition: includes a lit of species seen around our two lakes.

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Alum Treatment Approved
(Posted 5/11/19)

The first main hurdle has been passed to get the needed alum treatment for the
phosphorus contamination in South Pond. At the town meeting on June 3, the Town of Sturbridge gave a resounding approval to assume the "Host Town Status" for the grant application for a South Pond alum treatment. In addition, they pledged to provide $55,000 towards the program's 'cost sharing.'

The QQLA has also received stated support from the towns of Brookfield and East Brookfield, and we will proceed to file warrants for their cost sharing. We have about 10 months to raise the rest of the money ($55K down, $81.8K to go) to qualify to receive the grant funds which will make the project a reality.

We are grateful to all association members and the QQLA Board of Directors, whose tireless support culminated in this present accomplishment.

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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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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.

We invite you to tour this website and learn more about QQLA activities and encourage your involvement in QQLA.

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