How Healthy is Your Water?

Outer New Bedford Harbor Snapshot

53
out of 100
Bay Health Index (5-year average)
poor
fair
good
53
53
out of 100

Supporting Data

Outer New Bedford Harbor: East Beach (Station NB3)
Nitrogen, algae, and water clarity measurements taken from a boat off East Beach. (41.601866, -70.901505)
Total Nitrogen
Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen
Total Organic Nitrogen
Algal Pigments
Total Pigments
Water Clarity
Yearly Average
Outer New Bedford Harbor: East Rodney French (Station NB3A)
Dissolved oxygen measurements taken from dock at the East Rodney French Boulevard boat ramp. (41.611666, -70.905597)
Dissolved Oxygen
All Measurements
Average of Lowest 20%
Outer New Bedford Harbor: Outer Harbor – West (Station NB5)
Nitrogen, algae, and water clarity measurements taken from a boat on the west side of the outer harbor, near the hurricane barrier. (41.615919, -70.909031)
Total Nitrogen
Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen
Total Organic Nitrogen
Algal Pigments
Total Pigments
Water Clarity
Yearly Average
Outer New Bedford Harbor: Fort Phoenix (Station NB6)
Nitrogen, dissolved oxygen, algae, and water clarity measurements taken from a boat off Fort Phoenix. (41.622369, -70.8994)
Total Nitrogen
Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen
Total Organic Nitrogen
Dissolved Oxygen
All Measurements
Average of Lowest 20%
Algal Pigments
Total Pigments
Water Clarity
Yearly Average
Outer New Bedford Harbor: Priests Cove (Station PT1)
Nitrogen, algae, and water clarity measurements taken from shore at Pope Beach. (41.631215, -70.883378)
Total Nitrogen
Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen
Total Organic Nitrogen
Algal Pigments
Total Pigments
Water Clarity
Yearly Average

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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: