The inner Wareham River is in fair health. Conditions improved in the mid-2000s when Wareham upgraded its Water Pollution Control Facility. This wastewater plant now discharges far less nitrogen than any other in the region. But the river’s shoreline is densely developed, which leads to nitrogen pollution from septic systems, lawns, and roads. Cranberry bogs north of the river in Wareham, Carver, and Plymouth also play a role in its health.
Inner Wareham River Snapshot
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Bay Health Index (5-year average)
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Inner Wareham River: River Narrows (Station WR1N)
Nitrogen, algae, and water clarity measurements taken from a boat in the channel in the river narrows. (41.754108, -70.709363)
Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen
Total Organic Nitrogen
Inner Wareham River: Besse Park (Station WR1X)
Dissolved oxygen and water clarity measurements taken from floating dock at Besse Park. (41.755856, -70.711962)
In April and May, striped bass begin to return to our shores – and so do the fishermen and women who love to catch them. Try your hand at catching a striper, tautog, or scup this spring at one of these spots around Buzzards Bay.
A unique new project is bringing together three Buzzards Bay towns – Wareham, Bourne, and Plymouth – and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy to tackle nitrogen pollution in the upper portion of Buzzards Bay.