Pleasant Bay Water Quality Analysis to be Presented

Pochet_Island_Little_Pleasant_Bay_006EAST HARWICH – After collecting data on water quality in Pleasant Bay for the last 14 years, the Pleasant Bay Alliance will be presenting its findings to the public Thursday.

The data was collected by volunteers with the Pleasant Bay Citizen Water Quality Monitoring Program.

It was analyzed by consultants from the Cadmus Group, Inc. and included levels of phosphate, nitrogen, dissolved oxygen and pigments associated with algae.

Pleasant Bay Alliance Coordinator Carole Ridley said the information shared at tomorrow’s event is important.

“The presentation will look at the statistically significant trends that had been revealed through that data set and will help give us a little better picture about what’s happening with water quality in Pleasant Bay,” said Ridley.

The forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Chatham town offices annex.

Ridley said the data collected serves a purpose.

“Really deepen our understanding of how to craft management solutions that will get us to the healthy water conditions that everybody is looking for,” said Ridley.

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