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August 29, 2012
STURBRIDGE — In anticipation of the upcoming re-permitting process for the Spencer Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Quaboag-Quacumquasit Lake Association (QQLA) presented its concerns with selectmen in towns bordering the lakes.

Don Past, of Brookfield, the vice president of QQLA, came before Sturbridge selectmen on Monday, August 27, to discuss the wastewater treatment plant, which will see its five-year National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit expire in November. Also known as North and South Ponds, Quaboag and Quacumquasit Lakes are directly downstream from the plant and receive pollutants and nutrients that contribute to the proliferation of invasive vegetation and algae blooms.

QQLA members, including president Peter Levine, of Sturbridge, have worked hard to communicate to residents and town officials that these invasive plants are a major threat to the two water bodies. North Pond has experienced a particularly large increase in milfoil in recent years.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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