Silver Lake, MA, Faces Water Crisis

ecoRI.org: In late October of 2016, the water level of Silver Lake, whose shores are shared by the Massachusetts towns of Pembroke, Kingston and Plympton, was down 6’.

Three weeks later, in mid-November, the level had dropped another 8”. Large portions of Massachusetts remain under drought conditions, but Alex Mansfield and Pine duBois of the Jones River Watershed Association claim the lake’s demise is a preventable manmade crisis.

They and others blame the problem on decades of overuse and misuse of local and regional waters. The city of Brockton, for instance, takes about 10 million gallons daily out of Silver Lake and pumps it 20 miles through 2 pipes, one of which is more than 100 years old.

The water level of 640-acre Silver Lake is at a 30-year low, according to Mansfield. He said this fact shouldn’t surprise anyone. In fact, both he and duBois say it’s long been known that Silver Lake can’t sustain that amount of daily withdrawal. It can’t even sustain half the current daily allotment, according to duBois.

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