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Sturbridge's lakes under a microscope

June 26, 2009
STURBRIDGE — There is a lot of work to be done, but members of the Sturbridge Lakes Advisory Committee have a (relatively) clear path laid out before them.

Although routine lake monitoring efforts unofficially began nearly a decade ago, a Town Meeting vote earlier this year made the Sturbridge Lakes Advisory Committee (SLAC) a recognized entity, charged with overall stewardship of the town's great ponds.

A great pond is defined as a body of water that spans 10 or more acres, of which Sturbridge has six: Big Alum Pond, Cedar Lake, East Brimfield Reservoir/Long Pond, Leadmine Pond, Walker Pond, and Quacumquasit Pond better known as "South Pond."

At an informational meeting on Wednesday night at the Senior Center, members of the various lake associations got a lesson on what has historically been needed to keep the lakes in good condition in years past, as well as what kind of issues the bodies of water may face in the coming years. There were also courses of action suggested to keep these revered Sturbridge resources in good health.

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

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