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Interim Report on Site-Specific Nitrogen Thresholds for Southeastern Massachusetts Embayments

This document defines key water quality indicators of nitrogen enrichment in estuaries and establishes qualitative and quantitative "threshold" levels indicative of various degrees of nitrogen-based water quality, ranging from excellent to severely degraded. The "thresholds"in this report will be calibrated and refined with additional embayment-specific data and used, in the future, by the DEP and SMAST to develop site-specific nitrogen criteria. December 2003.

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Embayment Restoration and Guidance for Implementation Strategies 2003
The estuaries and embayments of Southeastern Massachusetts are at risk of, or are already experiencing, degraded water quality due to increased nitrogen discharges. This Guidance is one of the tools designed by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the UMass School of Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) to assist communities in the implementation phase of the Massachusetts Estuaries Project. March 2003.

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Full Report: Nitrogen Modeling to Support Watershed Management: Comparison of Approaches and Sensitivity Analysis
This study was funded by DEP and completed by the University of Massachusetts School of Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) to compare, contrast and evaluate approaches used to assess the water quality conditions of estuaries.

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Executive Summary for the Report: Nitrogen Modeling to Support Watershed Management: Comparison of Approaches and Sensitivity Analysis
This is the executive summary of a study funded by DEP and completed by the University of Massachusetts School of Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) to compare, contrast and evaluate approaches used to assess the water quality conditions of estuaries.

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