How Healthy is Your Water?

Cranberry bogs dominate the rural landscape around the Wankinco River, which winds south from Myles Standish State Forest in Carver all the way to Wareham Village. There, the Wankinco River and the Agawam River merge to form the Wareham River, one of Buzzards Bay’s largest river systems. Together, the Wankinco and the Agawam contribute nearly 10% of the fresh water to Buzzards Bay.

Wankinco River Snapshot

Supporting Data

Wankinco River: Parker Mills Pond (Station MP1)
Nitrogen, dissolved oxygen, algae, and water clarity measurements taken from the pond edge at the Elm Street bridge. (41.767448, -70.722141)
Total Nitrogen
Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen
Total Organic Nitrogen
Dissolved Oxygen
All Measurements
Average of Lowest 20%
Algal Pigments
Total Pigments
Water Clarity
Yearly Average
Bay Health data is funded in part by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust.
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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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Top Stories on the Wankinco River

River herring numbers are up in some Bay waterways – but there’s more work to do

Population counts of river herring were up in three of Buzzards Bay’s most important rivers — the Agawam, Acushnet, and Mattapoisett Rivers — during spring 2019. But rising numbers don’t mean that the work to protect river herring has ended.

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10 Herring runs around Buzzards Bay to visit this spring

As spring arrives, migratory river herring return to Buzzards Bay’s rivers and streams. Catch a glimpse of these important fish at one of these 10 herring runs around the region.

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5 places to rent a kayak or paddleboard on Buzzards Bay

Try your hand at paddling without having to purchase any gear – these five local outfitters rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards so you can set off on a paddling adventure today.

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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: