About the Project
The Massachusetts Estuaries Project will provide water quality, nutrient loading, and hydrodynamic information for 89 estuaries in Southeastern Massachusetts. This information will be combined through the use of a linked watershed/estuary model that will predict the water quality changes that will result from land use management decisions.
Over the next six years a report for each of the 89 estuaries will evaluate several water quality conditions and how that relates to the health of the estuary and the land use changes necessary to bring about that improvement. This project is a collaborative effort by two state agencies, the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (through the Department of Environmental Protection) and the University of Massachusetts's School of Marine Science and Technology and is subsidized by funding that allows communities to undertake this evaluation at approximately 40 percent of the actual cost.