The Commission is pleased to announce it was selected, in August 2021, as a recipient of state funding from the Drinking Water Supply Protection (DWSP) Grant Program. The funds will help to protect land in the Little River Watershed, surrounding Cobble Mountain and Borden Brook Reservoirs in Blandford and Granville, MA, the Commission’s primary drinking water supplies.
The $47,500 in funding from the DWSP Program, which is administered by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), will help protect the drinking water supply source and preserve watershed land in Blandford, MA containing a tributary that feeds into Cobble Mountain Reservoir, the primary drinking water supply for the 250,000 people the Commission serves in the Lower Pioneer Valley.
The announcement of the DWSP grant funding comes as the Commission celebrates Source Water Protection Week, September 26 – October 2, 2021, a week devoted to raising awareness of the critical role source water protection and watershed management play in ensuring a safe and reliable drinking water supply and maintaining healthy communities. As stewards of the region’s drinking water, the Commission is committed to protecting and preserving source water quality of Borden Brook and Cobble Mountain Reservoirs, as well as the emergency water supply, Ludlow Reservoir, in Ludlow, MA, to protect public health and adapt to changing drinking water regulations to provide an uninterrupted water supply to customers.