MassBays is fortunate to have a wealth of existing information to draw from, and ready partners to engage, in our efforts to track conditions and trends in the Bays over time. As part of our CCMP Update, MassBays funded an inventory of more than 500 completed or in-process assessments, reports, plans, and studies dated 1996 or later. These valuable resources are available through the interactive map below.
To access documents specific to an embayment, click on that area. The pop-up box provides an overview of the number of resources available, and a link to an excel spreadsheet. The resources are listed in the spreadsheet by embayment, and categorized by five topics, realizing that these encompass considerable overlap: Water Quality, Estuarine Habitat Protection, Continuity of Estuarine Habitat, Invasive Species, and Climate Change/Vulnerability. Once the spreadsheet is downloaded, you can use the drop-down menus in the upper right to narrow the list by topic area, and click on links to access the documents online. This inventory will be updated regularly. Please contact us if you know of a recent report, plan or study that should be included or if you have any questions.
How does MassBays put this information to work?
MassBays works through our five regional coordinators in our five planning regions to facilitate partnerships to prompt local, state, and federal action and stewardship, convening stakeholders on the local and regional level, providing scientific basis for management decisions, and informing decision makers about problems and solutions. To learn more about the goals and strategies of MassBays, review our Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. To learn more about the health of our estuaries, review our State of the Bays report and other publications.