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Beneath the millions of gallons of water that flow into homes across
eastern Massachusetts is a story of buried history, scientific discovery,
and individual hopes and dreams destroyed in the name of progress. Ed
Klekowski, a UMass/Amherst biology professor with a passion for
scuba diving, brings the fascinating details to light in "Under Quabbin,"
a documentary that debuted on WGBY in August of 2001.
With co-producers Libby Klekowski, Jonathon Williams and Michael Volmar
and aided by the Mass. State Police Underwater Recovery Team, Klekowski
led the first group of divers ever to go under Quabbin in search of
the remains of four towns permanently erased from the Swift River Valley
to make way for the reservoir 60 years ago. "Time has healed the land,"
Klekowski tells viewers. "But underwater, destruction is laid bare as
if it happened yesterday, revealing a tragedy of enormous proportions."
"Every diver in western Massachusetts has wondered what's underneath
Quabbin. I am just fortunate enough to get the opportunity to look,"
said Klekowski, who wrote and co-produced the documentary with his wife
Libby Klekowski, editor Jonathan Williams and Michael Volmar, archeologist
at the Fruitland Museum in Harvard, Mass. "Under Quabbin" was produced
for WGBY in cooperation with UMass/Amherst.
Klekowski explained that the state police Underwater Recovery Unit
used the search as a training exercise, employing maps to set a compass
underwater and watching out for the safety of Klekowski's team. "We
are very different sectors of the Commonwealth linked by a common interest,"
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