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Clean Water Act Status: SUFFOLK County, MA
 
 
  • Clean Water Act Comparative Ranking
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    Percentage of Surface Waters with Impaired or Threatened Uses (state + EPA data):
    Number of Impaired Waterbodies (as reported by the state):

    NOTE: Data limitations affect the accuracy of these rankings.

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  • 1998 Clean Water Act Status
    SUFFOLK County contains a portion of 1 watersheds:
    Charles
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 23%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 151

    Priority for Regulation     Number of Waterbodies
    Targeted 0
    High 0
    Medium 0
    Low 0
    Not Assessed for TMDL Priority 0
    Not Reported to US EPA for TMDL Priority 151
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  • Leading Pollutants/Stressors of Surface Waters
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 54
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in MASSACHUSETTS assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 18%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Pathogens 76%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 56%
    Nutrients 22%
    Organic Compounds 13%
    Metals 13%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 93
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in MASSACHUSETTS assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 56%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Noxious Aquatic Plants 83%
    Sediments 23%
    Nutrients 17%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 5%
    Pesticides 4%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 4
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in MASSACHUSETTS assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 8%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in MASSACHUSETTS assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 0%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 100%
    Pathogens 100%
    Sediments 75%
    Ammonia 75%
    Organic Compounds 50%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


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  • Leading Sources of Water Quality Problems
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 54 (cause not reported for 100%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in MASSACHUSETTS assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 18%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 100%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 93 (cause not reported for 100%)
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in MASSACHUSETTS assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 56%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 100%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 4 (cause not reported for 100%)
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in MASSACHUSETTS assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 8%
    Percent of Coastal Shorelines in MASSACHUSETTS assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 0%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Impairment source not reported 100%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


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