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The 89 embayments are prioritized based upon State and Local planning efforts, environmental concerns, and local issues. Approximately 10-15 embayments will be selected each year for entry into a two-year cycle.
 

 
 Ranking of Round 1 Priority Embayment Systems - July 2002
   **Estuaries listed in blue have completed reports.  Click to download

Town

Estuary (Click on a Name to View More Information)
 1. Mashpee/Barnstable: Popponesset Bay
 2. Chatham: Muddy Creek
 3. Chatham: Sulfur Spring/Bucks Creek
 4. Chatham: Bassing Harbor/Ryders Cove/Frost Fish Creek
 5. Chatham: Stage Harbor System
 6. Chatham: Taylors Pond
 7. Falmouth: Bournes Pond
 8. Falmouth/Mashpee: Hamblin/Jehu Ponds: Quashnet River
 9. Falmouth: Great/Perch Ponds
 10. Falmouth: Green Pond
 11. Wareham: Agawam/Wareham/Broad Marsh Rivers/Marks Cove
 12. Falmouth: Little Pond
 13. Nantucket: Nantucket Harbor
 14. Falmouth: West Falmouth Harbor
 15. Barnstable: Three Bays
 16. Martha's Vineyard: Edgartown Great Pond
 17. Falmouth: Oyster Pond
 18. Nantucket: Sesechacha Pond
 19. New Bedford: Acushnet River/ New Bedford Inner Harbor
 20. Bourne: Eel Pond/Back River

 Ranking of Round 2 Priority Embayment Systems - July 2003

Town Estuary
  1. Orleans: Namskaket Creek
  2. Orleans: Little Namskaket Creek
  3. Orleans: Rock Harbor
  4. Orleans: Nauset Marsh
  5. Orleans/Harwich/Brewster: Upper Pleasant Bay
  6. Orleans/Harwich/Brewster: Lower Pleasant Bay

  7.Chatham

Chatham Harbor

  8. Martha's Vineyard: Lake Tashmoo
  9. Martha's Vineyard: Lagoon Pond
  10. Mattapoisett: Mattapoisett Harbor/Eel Pond
  11. Marion: Aucoot Cove
  12. Nantucket: Madaket Harbor
  13. Nantucket: Long Pond
  14. Bourne: Red Brook Harbor  
  Ranking of Round 3 Priority Embayment Systems - July 2004
Town Estuary
  1. Wellfleet: Wellfleet Harbor
  2. Dartmouth: Slocums River
  3. Dartmouth: Little River
  4. Dartmouth: Apponagansett Bay
  5. Mattapoisett: Mattapoisett Harbor
  6. Marion: Sippican Harbor
  7. Barnstable: Centerville Harbor
  8. Barnstable: Rushy Marsh
  9. Barnstable/Yarmouth: Lewis Bay
 10. Yarmouth: Parkers River
 11. Oak Bluffs/Edgartown: Sengekontacket Pond/Trapps Pond
 12. Harwich - 3 year plan: Saquatucket Harbor
 13. Harwich - 3 year plan: Allen Harbor
 14. Harwich - 3 year plan: Herring River
 15. Harwich - 3 year plan: Wychmere Harbor
   
Ranking of Round 4 Priority Embayment Systems - July 2005
Town Estuary
  1. Fairhaven: Little Bay/Nasketucket Bay
  2. Tisbury/Chilmark: Tisbury Great Pond
  3. Chilmark: Chilmark Pond
  4. Bourne: Megansett/Squeteague Harbors
  5. Bourne: Pocasset River
  6. Falmouth: Fiddlers Cove
  7. Falmouth: Rands Harbor
  8. Falmouth: Quissett Harbor
  9. Yarmouth/Dennis: Bass River
 10. Plymouth: Ellisville Harbor  
 11. Dennis: Sesuit Harbor
 12. Dennis: Swan Pond River
 13. Bourne: Phinneys Harbor
 14. Gosnold: Cuttyhunk Harbor
 15. Gosnold: West End Pond