BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WGGB) –For Ellen Campbell, increased security reminds her of the atmosphere at Quabbin Reservoir right after September 11th, 2001. “I live just a couple streets over, and we used to be able to just drive over the dam, and so we heard the planes at night, and that was a scary time, so I’d hate to think we’d have to worry again,” she shared.
Officials frequently circled the park Wednesday.
This, after state police gave 5 men and 2 women claiming to be chemical engineering students summons for trespassing early Tuesday morning.
State police made it clear there’s no evidence of terrorism, or any other criminal activity.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation maintains that they already keep a close eye over the area. Several people come to Quabbin to take in the picturesque views, or just enjoy the park. People who frequent the area say the increased patrols give them piece of mind. “Absolutely. It’s something that they have to do. Unfortunately, today, they really have to do that,” Shelley Garrow expressed. “There’s so much water here, to get a concentration of water that’s high enough would be very difficult. The chances to me would seem quite slim, but of course, you still want to exercise the best precaution you can,” said Belchertown native and Hydro geologist Alan Weiss.
The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority issued this statement Wednesday saying, quote, “As an extra precaution, water quality samples were analyzed at MWRA’s lab yesterday, and all came back normal. There is no evidence of any water quality issues at the Quabbin Reservoir following the incident”
State police are still investigating, and not commenting on the matter. Quabbin provides drinking water for Chicopee, Wilbraham, South Hadley, and the Boston metro area.