How Healthy is Your Water?

Inner New Bedford Harbor Snapshot

42
out of 100
Bay Health Index (5-year average)
poor
fair
good
42
42
out of 100

Supporting Data

Inner New Bedford Harbor: Fairhaven Shipyard (Station NB1)
Nitrogen, dissolved oxygen, algae, and water clarity measurements taken from the floating dock at Fairhaven Shipyard. (41.628472, -70.90458)
Total Nitrogen
Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen
Total Organic Nitrogen
Dissolved Oxygen
All Measurements
Average of Lowest 20%
Algal Pigments
Total Pigments
Water Clarity
Yearly Average
Inner New Bedford Harbor: Fairhaven Treatment Plant Outfall (Station FTP)
Nitrogen, dissolved oxygen, algae, and water clarity measurements taken from a boat above discharge. (41.6313, -70.907497)
Total Nitrogen
Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen
Total Organic Nitrogen
Dissolved Oxygen
All Measurements
Average of Lowest 20%
Algal Pigments
Total Pigments
Water Clarity
Yearly Average
Inner New Bedford Harbor: Pope’s Island (Station NB2)
Nitrogen, dissolved oxygen, algae, and water clarity measurements taken from floating dock at Pope’s Island Marina. (41.639146, -70.911349)
Total Nitrogen
Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen
Total Organic Nitrogen
Dissolved Oxygen
All Measurements
Average of Lowest 20%
Algal Pigments
Total Pigments
Water Clarity
Yearly Average
Inner New Bedford Harbor: Fisherman’s Wharf (Station NB7)
Nitrogen, dissolved oxygen, algae, and water clarity measurements taken from dock next to Wharfinger Building. (41.635623, -70.921052)
Total Nitrogen
Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen
Total Organic Nitrogen
Dissolved Oxygen
All Measurements
Average of Lowest 20%
Algal Pigments
Total Pigments
Water Clarity
Yearly Average

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Working to Save Buzzards Bay

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a membership-supported organization dedicated to improving the health of the Buzzards Bay ecosystem for all through education, conservation, research, and advocacy.

We work to protect clean water on the Bay and on the land: