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East Brimfield Lake waters closed to the public on Aug. 17 for 24 hours

USACE, New England District
Published Aug. 13, 2021

 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New England District announced today that the waters at East Brimfield Lake will be closed to all users and abutters to treat milfoil and fanwort. The treatment at East Brimfield Lake will happen on Aug. 17 and all members of the public are asked to not use the lake for 24 hours, until sunset on Aug. 18.

USACE will be applying aquatic herbicide, ProcellaCOR EC, to control variable milfoil and fanwort in approximately 40 acres of East Brimfield Lake and Long Pond.

The lake closure will affect the use of the following locations:

  • Long Pond Boat Launch

  • Reservoir Boat Ramp

  • Champeaux Road Fishing Area

  • Canoe Trail Launch area on Pond Bridge Road

  • Holland Pond Boat Ramp

In conjunction with the dam at Westville Lake, the dam at East Brimfield Lake substantially reduces flood damages in Southbridge and Dudley, Massachusetts, and Putnam, Danielson, Jewett City, and Norwich, Connecticut. These communities are predominant industrial and business centers on the Quinebaug River.

There is a recreation pool at East Brimfield Lake that is 13 feet deep at the dam and covers an area of 450 acres. The flood storage area of the project covers 2,270 acres and extends about 5.5 miles upstream through Holland and seven miles upstream through Brimfield. This area is normally empty and utilized only to store floodwaters. The lake and all associated project lands cover 2,716 acres. East Brimfield Lake can store up to 9.74 billion gallons of water for flood control purposes. This is equivalent to 8.3 inches of water covering its drainage area of 67.5 square miles. There are 1,480 acres of land and 590 surface acres of water available for recreational use within the project area.

For more information, visit https://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/East-Brimfield-Lake/    

All U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District news releases are available online at: https://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/.

Bryan Purtell
Bryan Purtell

Release no. 21-040