From 1790 – 1940, aqueducts were built
to supply water to Greater Boston.
By 2012, the historic aqueducts and reservoirs were out
of daily use. But the pristine land was kept closed off.
Everything changed in 2012: the MWRA
voted to open 40 miles of trails through
back-up and abandoned aqueducts.
The aqueduct trails build on a long history of public
access on certain MWRA properties.

Quabbin
Reservoir,
Belchertown, ...
Deer Island,
Winthrop, MA
Deer Island,
Winthrop, MA
Nut Island,
Quincy, MA
Nut Island,
Quincy, MA
Blue Hills Covered
Storage,
Quincy, MA
Blue Hills Covered
Storage,
Quincy, MA
Alewife Stormwater
Wetland,
Cambridge, MA
Alewife Stormwater
Wetland,
Cambridge, MA
Alewife Stormwater
Wetland,
Cambridge, MA
Towns that have partnered
with MWRA for trails as of
2/2014.
Photography by MAPC and MWRA staff and courtesy
Marilyn Humphries, 2013.
Music courtesy Medea Connection.
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!
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  • October 6th, 1877
  • Quabbin
  • Public access at Nut Island, Quincy
  • Blue hills covered storage
  • Blue Hills
  • Alewife Stormwater wetland
  • Cambridge Stormwater Wetland (assume this is Alewife)
  • Campbridge Stormwater Wetland (Assume this is Alewife?)
  • * Progress on local permits for opening trails. MWRA Aqueduct Trails Program, January 2014
  • MWRA is a steward of public lands.
  • Music courtesy of Medea Connection
  • MAPC & MWRA: These Trails Were Made for You and Me!

    1. 1. From 1790 – 1940, aqueducts were built to supply water to Greater Boston.
    2. 2. By 2012, the historic aqueducts and reservoirs were out of daily use. But the pristine land was kept closed off.
    3. 3. Everything changed in 2012: the MWRA voted to open 40 miles of trails through back-up and abandoned aqueducts.
    4. 4. The aqueduct trails build on a long history of public access on certain MWRA properties. Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown, MA
    5. 5. Deer Island, Winthrop, MA
    6. 6. Deer Island, Winthrop, MA
    7. 7. Nut Island, Quincy, MA
    8. 8. Nut Island, Quincy, MA
    9. 9. Blue Hills Covered Storage, Quincy, MA
    10. 10. Blue Hills Covered Storage, Quincy, MA
    11. 11. Alewife Stormwater Wetland, Cambridge, MA
    12. 12. Alewife Stormwater Wetland, Cambridge, MA
    13. 13. Alewife Stormwater Wetland, Cambridge, MA
    14. 14. Towns that have partnered with MWRA for trails as of 2/2014.
    15. 15. Photography by MAPC and MWRA staff and courtesy Marilyn Humphries, 2013. Music courtesy Medea Connection.

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