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
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)
Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen
Total Organic Nitrogen
Average of Lowest 20%
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Populations of river herring – a small, silvery fish that form an important link in the food web – were down across Buzzards Bay’s rivers this spring despite increases in other parts of southern New England.