and Massachusetts Bay
Management and use of a long-term water quality monitoring database for Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay
MWRA's Environmental Quality Department maintains an extensive environmental
database, which consists of long-term monitoring data for Boston Harbor
and Massachusetts Bay, and effluent testing data for MWRA treatment plants
and combined sewer overflow treatment facilities. To increase the awareness
and to encourage the use of the MWRA environmental database, in this presentation
we highlight (1) data quality assurance and control, (2) data sources,
database management, and application, (3) studies and sampling locations,
and (4) examples of data use.
Examples of data use by a broad range of clients are shown in Figures 5 through 10, below.
MWRA water quality database has been used intensively for management internally and for compliance with MWRAs discharge permit and court orders. It also serves as a data warehouse for the public and the academic community interested in the health, ecology and physical characteristics of Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay. Water quality data and reports are available to the public upon request. For complete list of our technical reports, please visit our website at http://www.mwra.state.ma.us/harbor/enquad/trlist.html.