Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Queset Brook, North Easton, Massachusetts

This is a movie I made on Thanksgiving Day, 2003, where Queset Brook starts at Lincoln Spring, off Lincoln Street in North Easton behind the Town Pool, and at Flyaway Pond, which has now fully reverted to a natural wild cranberry meadow after the dam there burst in 1968. My brother Tim Watts is the person in the footage. I don't know who wrote "eat me" in the bark of the beech tree.

A discussion of what needs to be done to restore Queset Brook to its healthy condition as a native brook trout stream is here.

The music is "Hani" by Ali Farka Toure from his record "Radio Mali."

This little movie was shot because Tim and I wanted to capture how clear and pure the water is at Queset when it begins as bunch of inchoate and scattered seeps next to Lincoln Street and quickly gathers into a recognizable, permanent brook. A second purpose was to figure out if these tiny brooklets were permanent or if they dried up in the summer. Timmy's find of caddis fly, crane fly and dobson fly larvae (hellgrammites) even in the smallest, uppermost parts of the brooklets told us that they don't dry up, since hellgrammites stay as larvae (nymphs) for several years before they hatch out, meaning the brook where they live has to stay wetted all year.

Queset Brook is at the very top of the Cohtuhticut (Taunton) River drainage, the largest river drainage wholly in Massachusetts. Because the Taunton itself is severely polluted by illegal and poorly regulated public wastewater treatment plants, most notably in Brockton and Taunton, and is too filthy to swim in, we wanted to show how clean the water is which feeds the Taunton, and to document (by ocular evidence, as our dad would say), that it is us alone who take this beautifully clean and pure water and in the span of just a dozen miles turn it into a turgid, foul-smelling broth of human waste. I think our dad had Queset in mind when he wrote the following poem in 1995:

Running Water
By Allan Watts

I saw a little brook
trickling through the woods
Its path was blocked with leaves,
that fell from a nearby tree.
I took a stick and broke the dam
and the water shone up at me,
and said, that is I think it said,
"Thanks for setting me free."

From Silly Verse by Allan Watts.


Anonymous said...

Not to be the contrarian but Queset Brook does not rise from Lincoln Spring. Its source is Ames Pond which rises from the swampy low lying wetlands in southern Stoughton near the north end of the pond.
The Queset flows southeasterly from Ames Pond to Picker Pond, then Hoe Shop Pond behind the Unitarian Church cemetary, down to where it passes under Main St. near the Ames Library and turns eastward over to Shovel Shop pond, crossing under thr old railroad tracks. From there it meanders south and east through Langwater, Sheepasture, Morses Pond, under 138 right at D'Angelos and into West Bridewater. The water from the wetland remnants of what before 1968 was Flyaway Pond trickle through the broken and flows easterly into Picker Pond, joining the Queset river system. Neither are sourced from Lincoln Spring, although flow from the spring travels easterly joining the system in the small pond behind the old Hammer Shop near the Library.

Anonymous said...

The water from the wetland remnants of what before 1968 was Flyway Pond trickles through tue broken *dam* andflows easterly....