The month of June was significantly drier than average, worsening the already significant drought in the region.
Dry weather means dry streams and low Dissolved Oxygen
Data collection continues as water quality takes a typical June decline.
Overall, it's a mixed outlook for the Neponset River, with outstanding dissolved oxygen, mediocre total phosphorus, and worsening E. coli levels.
The Neponset River makes a comeback with better E. coli, Phosphorus, and Dissolved Oxygen levels in September.
The June results are a bit worse than they were in May, but overall not terrible.
Neighbors living near bodies of water should be conscious of the amount and type of lawn fertilizers they use in order to avoid harming local fish populations.
Neponset fish are not only running out of water, they’re also running out of the dissolved oxygen they need to breathe.
Our volunteers have been hard at work taking water samples this year. The results are in for July 2014 and show dissolved oxygen is at low levels throughout the watershed in the summer months.
The condition of aquatic resources, and the habitat they provide for species in the Neponset River Watershed, is affected by a variety of factors and activities in the landscape. Pollutants; low water levels; direct removal of habitat; disturbance of vegetation and soil at the water’s edge; exotic, invasive species; acid precipitation; obstructions (dams); and degradation […]