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Quaboag Quacumquasit

QQLA: Quaboag/Quacumquasit Lake Association
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QQLA 2017 Calendar Notes
(Updated 8/13/17)

Monday, August 21
Eclipse Day! If you're not travelling to where the eclipse is total, you can still view a partial eclipse from right here. The eclipse starts here at 1:28 pm, and the Sun will be 65% covered.

Sunday, August 27
10:00 am. Annual Meeting & Breakfast (Camp Frank A. Day YMCA Camp) Food, Raffle, Speakers, Elections.

Saturday, September 2
Illumination Night = Light Candles Along Your Shoreline At Dusk — BOTH Lakes.

Saturday, September 9
Paddle Poker Run — 4th Annual Paddle To Prizes Starts At North Pond Boat Ramp. Paddle BOTH Lakes. Registration 10:30 a.m. Paddle 12:00.

Map | Score Card | Agreement to Participate
Rules and Regulations | Save the Date | Flyer

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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Message From Our President
(Posted 5/25/16)

The much-anticipated start of a new summer season is at hand...

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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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Minutes of June 20 Board Meeting
(Posted 7/11/17)

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

Past News >

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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