How Healthy is Your Water?

Outer Onset Bay Snapshot

81
out of 100
Bay Health Index (5-year average)
poor
fair
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81
81
out of 100

Supporting Data

Outer Onset Bay: Onset Bay Marina (OB2)
Dissolved oxygen and water clarity measurements taken from floating dock at Onset Bay Marina. (41.738223, -70.64778)
Dissolved Oxygen
All Measurements
Average of Lowest 20%
Water Clarity
Yearly Average
Outer Onset Bay: Outer Bay – South (OB7)
Nitrogen, algae, and water clarity measurements taken from a boat by the tidal flats on the southern shore of the outer bay. (41.732841, -70.653211)
Total Nitrogen
Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen
Total Organic Nitrogen
Algal Pigments
Total Pigments
Water Clarity
Yearly Average
Outer Onset Bay: Point Independence (OB8)
Nitrogen, algae, and water clarity measurements taken from a boat off the beach at the end of Bay Street. (41.737248, -70.645568)
Total Nitrogen
Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen
Total Organic Nitrogen
Algal Pigments
Total Pigments
Water Clarity
Yearly Average
Outer Onset Bay: Onset Island (OB9)
Nitrogen, algae, and water clarity measurements taken from a boat off the northwest shore of Onset Island. (41.734026, -70.645207)
Total Nitrogen
Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen
Total Organic Nitrogen
Algal Pigments
Total Pigments
Water Clarity
Yearly Average
Outer Onset Bay: Onset Bay Mouth (OB10)
Nitrogen, algae, and water clarity measurements taken from a boat at the mouth of Onset Bay off the southeast shore of Onset Island. (Note: Data from this sampling station is not included in the Bay Health Index score for outer Onset Bay.) (41.731196, -70.641213)
Total Nitrogen
Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen
Total Organic Nitrogen
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: