Friends of Patch Reservoir members have been actively participating in the Tatnuck Brook Watershed Association, and one member is on the executive board of the Coes Zone Task Force.
Our participation in these groups has been instrumental in getting the City of Worcester and other lake-and-watershed groups to include Patch Reservoir in discussions about improving the quality of Worcester's lakes and streams.
We've learned that fixing our weed problems will take a lot of time, a lot of patience, and a lot of optimism! The progress we've made since Friends of Patch Reservoir was founded in October, 2015 has been dramatic. The Tatnuck Brook Watershed Association now has a Patch Reservoir subcommittee. Area colleges are getting involved in testing water quality.
A professor in the department of Energy, Environment, & Physics at Worcester State University is developing a program to work with students and community members to collect and analyze water quality in Patch Reservoir. This will be done on a regular basis in order to collect scientific data to show where the biggest problem areas are so we can then analyze the sources of contaminants entering the lake.
A professor of environmental studies at Assumption College in Worcester received a grant to conduct water quality testing on the lake during the summer of 2016.
The collaboration we have initiated will help us, together, address the weed problems in Patch Reservoir and work toward solutions. We are also getting to know each other, and forming a strong community of "Friends of Patch Reservoir."
Friends of Patch Reservoir -- Coordinators