Herring River Water Quality

Science Center Objects

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) New England Water Science Center installed, operated, and maintained surface water-quality sites at the Chequessett Neck Road dike on the Herring River from November 2015 through September 2018.

The goals of the data collection program were to establish a pre-restoration baseline water-quality dataset and to characterize concentrations of nutrients and other water-quality indicators in the estuary.

These data provide critical information and feedback needed as part of the adaptive management process being taken to guide management decisions and measure progress toward restoration objectives for the Herring River Saltmarsh.

The data collected between November 2015 and September 2017 are included in a USGS Scientific Investigations Report (in review) and all data through September 2018 are published in the National Water Information System.

A USGS data release anticipated in December 2019 will make water-quality data collected by Cape Cod National Seashore from 1984 through 2017 publicly available.