Dam Maintenance

Within the Commission’s expansive 18,000 acre watershed areas at Cobble Mountain, Borden Brook, and Ludlow Reservoirs are several dams. In total, the Commission owns and operates 10 dams. Dams are regulated by the state of Massachusetts and the Commission is required to adhere to strict standards to ensure dam maintenance and regulatory compliance.

The Commission’s dams range in age from 90 years to 110 years old. Commission crews and contractors perform annual routine maintenance such as the clearing of trees and vegetation from adjacent spillways. Funding for dam maintenance is included in the annual capital budget.