Water resources provide habitat for wildlife, and serve as environmental, recreational and scenic assets.
Becket provides important water resources for Southern New England. The headwaters of three major New England rivers lie within its borders: the Westfield (a nationally designated Wild and Scenic river), the Farmington, and the Housatonic. There are also numerous lakes and ponds in Becket. And Becket’s many wetlands keep rivers, lakes, ponds and groundwater supplies clean and protect against flooding.
Since Colonial times, almost one third of Massachusetts’ wetlands have been destroyed. Today, wetlands are protected by state and federal laws. The Becket Conservation Commission works hand-in-hand with state agencies to make sure that our water resources remain in tact for the future generations.