How Healthy is Your Water?

The outer 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 dense development along the shoreline still leads to nitrogen pollution from septic systems, lawns, and roads. The health of the outer Wareham River is also linked by tides to the nearby Weweantic River.

Outer Wareham River Snapshot

59
out of 100
Bay Health Index (5-year average)
poor
fair
good
59
59
out of 100

Supporting Data

Outer Wareham River: Crooked River (Station WR6)
Nitrogen, dissolved oxygen, algae, and water clarity measurements taken from a boat at the Crooked River inlet. (41.740175, -70.706363)
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 Wareham River: Long Beach Point (Station WR7)
Nitrogen, dissolved oxygen, algae, and water clarity measurements taken from a boat at Long Beach Point. (41.73383, -70.711128)
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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