On June 16th, 2021, volunteers completed the second round of sample collection for our RiverWatch Water Quality Monitoring Program. After having the samples analyzed for bacterial colony forming units (cfu), they are compared to the Massachusetts state water quality standards in order to help determine this week’s water quality. The week of June 14th, all but two of the sites sampled for Enterococcus met the Massachusetts state swimming standard of 104 cfu per 100ml, Washington Street Bridge (140 cfu) and Willow Street Bridge (160 cfu). As for fecal coliform, all but one of the five locations tested was above the Massachusetts shellfishing standard, Driftway Park (130 cfu), North River Marine (92 cfu) Damon’s Point (50 cfu), and Julian Street Bridge (300 cfu) this is above the threshold of 14 cfu per 100 ml. North River Mouth tested at 8 cfu, within the standard for shellfishing. Regardless of these data, these areas are closed for shellfishing until further notice as per state and federal regulations having to do with its proximity to the Scituate wastewater treatment plant.

June 2, 2021 Results

On June 2nd, 2021, volunteers completed the first round of sample collection for our RiverWatch Water Quality Monitoring Program. After having the samples analyzed for two types of bacteria the results are compared to the Massachusetts state standards for swimming and shellfishing in order to help determine this week’s water quality. The week of May 31st, all of the sites sampled for enterococcus met the Massachusetts state swimming standard of 104 cfu per 100ml. For fecal coliform, all of the five locations tested were above the Massachusetts shellfishing standard – Driftway Park (260 cfu), North River Marine (400 cfu) Damon’s Point (300 cfu), North River Mouth (39 cfu), and Julian Street Bridge (88 cfu) were all above the threshold of 14 cfu per 100 ml. Out of these five locations, one (North River Marine, 400 cfu/100mL) also tested above the pre-2007 swimming threshold of 400 cfu per 100 ml.