How Healthy is Your Water?

Upper Buzzards Bay Snapshot

85
out of 100
Bay Health Index (5-year average)
poor
fair
good
85
85
out of 100

Supporting Data

Upper Buzzards Bay: MMA Pier (MMA1)
Dissolved oxygen, nitrogen, algae, and water clarity measurements taken from shore at Massachusetts Maritime Academy pier, next to aquaculture lab intake. (41.737639, -70.625168)
Total Nitrogen
Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen
Total Organic Nitrogen
Dissolved Oxygen
All Measurements
Average of Lowest 20%
Algal Pigments
Total Pigments
Water Clarity
Yearly Average
Upper Buzzards Bay: Center (MMA3)
Nitrogen and algae measurements taken from a boat near the eelgrass beds between Taylor Point in Bourne and Sias Point in Wareham. (41.73682, -70.62866)
Total Nitrogen
Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen
Total Organic Nitrogen
Algal Pigments
Total Pigments
Upper Buzzards Bay: Dolphins (MMA4)
Nitrogen and algae measurements taken from a boat near Cape Cod Canal dolphin #3. (41.72905, -70.63116)
Total Nitrogen
Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen
Total Organic Nitrogen
Algal Pigments
Total Pigments
Upper Buzzards Bay: Liberty Dock (MMA5)
Nitrogen and algae measurements taken from shore at the end of Liberty Dock at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. (41.73876, -70.6268)
Total Nitrogen
Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen
Total Organic Nitrogen
Algal Pigments
Total Pigments

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Become a Baywatcher

Help the Buzzards Bay Coalition keep an eye on the health of the water in your community. Become a Baywatcher, and you can volunteer as a "citizen scientist" on the water this summer.

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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: