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the Quabbin was the largest human-made reservoir in the world. Covering 25,000 acres, it's the largest body of water in the state. We'll start our journey there. With its two main forks, numerous islands, and craggy shoreline, the Quabbin on a map looks like an image from a Rorschach Test. From the visitor center (a great resource for historians and naturalists alike) at its southern end in Belchertown, the view is of pristine water, tree-covered hills, and soaring birds (watch for a bald eagle). Keeping contaminants from trickling into the Quabbin is the job of the State Department of Conservation and Recreation. The water- shed is 70 percent development-free, and most of it is owned by the state. Private land is subject to strict environmental regulations. Even private boats are inspected before they can be taken out on the water; otherwise, invasive species could contaminate the water and clog the tunnels and pipes. Watershed protections are in place at Wachusett as well. There the biggest problem is storm-water runoff from nearby roads, which the state is now addressing with a series of diversion projections. Since 9/11, the state has stepped up security around the reservoirs, closing off a causeway to traffic, setting up surveillance cameras, and implementing other measures that the authorities understandably pre- fer not to discuss. 95 s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e S T E V E M A A S writer W A T E R B A C K G R O U N D A N D T O Y S U B : M E D I A B A K E R Y ; W A T E R D R O P : O K E A / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M

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