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Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay Monitoring
Entry ID: gomc_171


Summary
Abstract: The Environmental Quality Department (Enquad) is responsible for
monitoring and reporting on the water quality impacts of the MWRA sewer system.
This includes measuring the quality of treated wastewater (effluent) from 43
communities that is discharged through a 9.5-mile outfall tunnel into the deep
waters of the Bay. Enquad ensures that MWRA meets the requirements of its NPDES
discharge permit. Monitoring environmental effects of Boston's
secondary-treated sewage effluent outfall, 15km offshore in Massachusetts Bay.

Type: Coastal

Waterbody or Watershed Names: Massachusett Bay; Boston Harbor; Cape Cod Bay


Purpose: Monitor seawater, plankton, benthos, and fish for effects of
pathogens, nutrients, organic loading, and toxics.

Sponsor: Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

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Geographic Coverage
 N: 42.634 S: 41.7549  E: -70.0214  W: -71.1832

Data Set Citation
Version: Not provided


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1992-01-01


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > MASSACHUSETTS
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > GULF OF MAINE


Science Keywords
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS >SEWAGE DISPOSAL    [Definition]
OCEANS >MARINE ENVIRONMENT MONITORING    [Definition]
OCEANS >WATER QUALITY    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOSYSTEMS >MARINE ECOSYSTEMS >COASTAL    [Definition]


Instrument
CONDUCTIVITY METERS    [Information]
CTD >Conductivity, Temperature, Depth    [Information]
FLUORESCENCE MICROSCOPY    [Information]
HUMIDITY SENSORS    [Information]
OXYGEN METERS
PHOTOSYNTHESIS CHAMBER    [Information]
PLANKTON NETS    [Information]
PROFILERS    [Information]
TEMPERATURE SENSORS    [Information]
CHN ANALYZERS >Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen Analyzers    [Information]
GAS CHROMATOGRAPHS    [Information]
TRANSMISSOMETERS    [Information]
GPS RECEIVERS    [Information]
FLUOROMETERS    [Information]
PAR SENSORS >Photosynthetically Active Radiation Sensors
RADIOMETERS    [Information]
FISH NETS


Project
GOMMP >Gulf of Maine Monitoring Programs    [Information]


Quality
QA program in place.


Access Constraints
Data available on request


Use Constraints
Inform appropriate PI of your intentions The contents of these reports may be
reprinted entirely, as long as a reference to source is included.


Keywords
pollution
sewage
outfall


Data Set Progress
ACTIVE


Data Center
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Massachusetts    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.mwra.state.ma.us/

Data Center Personnel
Name: ANDREA REX
Phone: (617) 242-6000
Email: andrea.rex at mwra.state.ma.us
Contact Address:
MWRA Building 39
100 First Avenue
City: Boston
Province or State: Massachusetts
Postal Code: 02129
Country: USA



Distribution
Distribution_Media: Various Online Data Transfer method
Distribution_Format: PDF
Fees: No


Personnel
ANDREA REX
Role: METADATA AUTHOR
Phone: (617) 242-6000
Email: andrea.rex at mwra.state.ma.us
Contact Address:
MWRA Building 39
100 First Avenue
City: Boston
Province or State: Massachusetts
Postal Code: 02129
Country: USA


Extended Metadata Properties
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-08-09
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-08-29



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