Lake Watershed Survey Guide

Water Quality at DCR State Beaches

  • Final Beach Water Quality Report  pdf format of DCR Final Beach Report 
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    The complete report to the Senate and the House of Representatives on the water quality at beaches under the care and control of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2008-2012.

  • Final Beach Water Quality Report  pdf format of Final Beach Water Quality Report
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    Main report on the water quality at beaches under the care and control of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2008-2012.  

  • Appendices to Beach Report  pdf format of Appendices to Beach Report
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    Appendices to the Beaches Water Quality Report, 2008-2012. 

Water Quality Assessment Reports

Reports are listed alphabetically by watershed name and, where multiple reports exist for a watershed, by publication date.

Water Quality Assessment Reports - Methodology

  • 2016 Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology Guidance  pdf format of 2016 Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology
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    The Massachusetts Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology (CALM) Guidance Manual for the 2016 reporting cycle includes a brief summary of the Massachusetts Surface Water Quality Standards (SWQS) that define the goals for water quality in the state.

    Significant changes from the previous CALM guidance (2012) include the following:  Inclusion of external data submittal guidance, evaluation methods for the deployed probe long-term continuous monitoring data sets and refinement of cold water temperature and DO guidance, screening methodology to determine whether or not conditions are natural (vs. anthropogenic), more detailed screening guidelines to make nutrient enrichment decisions, updated evaluation methods for toxic pollutants (e.g., addition of chloride), and presumptive impairments for the recreational uses in waters receiving CSO discharges that do not have a variance in place in the SWQS.

  • 2012 Assessment Methodology Guidance Manual  pdf format of 2012 Assessment Methodology Guidance Manual
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    Parameters for reporting water quality in Massachusetts in accordance with the federal Clean Water Act and the Massachusetts Surface Water Quality Standards.

Cape Cod Watershed 1999

Deerfield River Watershed - 2000

Hudson River Basin - 2002

Ipswich River Watershed - 2000

Islands Watershed - 2000

Neponset River Watershed - 2004

Parker River Watershed - 1999

Parker River Watershed - 2004-2008

Shawsheen River Watershed - 2000

Weymouth & Weir River Watershed - 2004