BASELINE MONITORING

Since July 2000, MyRWA has been monitoring trends in water quality with the help of a dedicated corps of volunteers. Water samples are collected from fifteen sites across the watershed (see map and site list below) and are analyzed for:

  • Bacteria: Enterococcus or E. coli
  • Total suspended solids
  • Nutrients: nitrate-nitrite, total phosphorus
  • Conductivity
  • Dissolved oxygen
  • Water temperature
  • Water color and odor

In 2007, MyRWA released the first Mystic River Baseline Index, which is a summary of water quality from 2001-2007 and describes conditions in the watershed based on the results of baseline monitoring. The map below shows the location of all baseline monitoring stations. Detailed station descriptions, along with GPS coordinates, are included in the map by clicking on the individual site pointers.

For the full version of the Mystic River Environmental Atlas click here.

For an Explanation of Parameters used in the Mystic Monitoring Network, click the link here.

Follow the links below to download results of bacteria and all other parameters from 2000-2011. 

YEARLY DATA TABLES

 

Baseline Monitoring Sampling Sites

Sampling
Site ID

Description
ABR049 -
Aberjona River at Salem Street, Woburn MA
ABR028 -
Aberjona River at Washington Street, Winchester MA
ABR006 -
Aberjona River at USGS on Mystic Valley Parkway across from Mystic Avenue, Winchester MA
UPL001 -
Upper Mystic Lake at the Mystic Lakes Dam by Medford Boat Club off of Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford MA
MYR071 -
Mystic River at High Street outlet from Lower Mystic Lake, Medford MA
MIB001 -
Mill Brook at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery upstream of weir, Arlington, MA
WIB001 -
Winn’s Brook at Little Pond on Brighton Street, Belmont MA
ALB006 -
Alewife Brook at Broadway, Somerville MA
MEB001 -
Meetinghouse Brook outlet into Mystic River just downstream of Winthrop Street bridge, Medford MA
MAR036 -
Malden River at Medford Street, Malden MA
CHR95S -
Chelsea River at Condor Street, Urban Wild, Chelsea MA
MIC004 -
Mill Creek at Broadway Bridge, East Boston MA
MYRMMP -
Mystic River at Mary O'Malley Park, Chelsea MA
BEI093 -
Belle Isle Marsh at Crystal Avenue, Chelsea MA
MYR275 -
Mystic River at the end of Fellsway near RR bridge, Somerville MA

 

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