State of the Bays

MassBays works with partners to track environmental change in the Bays.

MassBays conducts regular assessments of trends and conditions in the Bays, culminating in State of the Bays reporting as required under the Clean Water Act, §320. MassBays has shared that information through written reports and meetings. Outcomes from those efforts are included below.

Beginning with our Blueprint for the Bays (to be finalized in 2021), MassBays has committed to provide information at a finer scale than ever before. Using a detailed Ecosystem Delineation and Assessment, we can focus in on individual embayments, rocky shoreline areas, and beaches to examine conditions and trends over time. MassBays' Regional Service Providers in turn will provide technical assistance at the local level, guided by on-the-ground priorities, to improve conditions.

In 2022, MassBays will launch an online viewer to share federal, state, and local monitoring data -- a more up-to-the-moment version of the State of the Bays.

2015 State of the Bays

One hundred attendees joined the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program (MassBays) for a one-day symposium  to look at the past, present, and future of the bays. The symposium took place on April 15, 2015 at the Cambridge Innovation Center, Boston. Presenters summarized the latest data on a number of indicators of conditions in the Bays.The presentations were compiled into proceedings: 

2015 State of the Bays Proceedings

Supporters: The Nature Conservancy, dpict, and The Marine & Oceanographic Technology Network.

Previous State of the Bays Reports