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Introduction

The Deerfield River is one of the most pristine rivers in Massachusetts. Due to cool temperatures, high oxygen content, and neutral rather than acidic conditions, the river is home to a variety of aquatic life. Despite ten dams and five waste water treatment plants on its river shores, the watershed is not densely populated and most of the land use is forests. Because the river is clean and scenic, it is used heavily for recreation. DRWA has been documenting the water quality in the main stem and tributaries since 1990. See our slide show for an introduction to our program and for 1999-2000 results.Currently we monitor the river for temperature, pH and alkalinity in the spring and temperature and E. coli bacteria in the summer. Previous years' data can be found in the archived data.

This year we continued monitoring E. coli, but concentrated on the Norht and South Rivers to bracket unknown sources of bacteria on those two reivers, thanks to the 604(b) Water Quality Management Planning Grant Program administered by the MA DEP and in cooperation with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments. See our DEP and EPA approved Quality Assurance Project Plan (pdf). Results for the season will posted here soon.

EPA Assessment Data for Deerfield Watershed, 2002

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Latest Results

4/24/05
4/24/05
4/30/06
4/30/06
4/22/07
4/22/07
Sample ID
Site Name
pH
ANC
pH
ANC
pH
ANC
COR-010 Cold River
6.56
3.1
6.93
4.9
5.25
0.2
DER-010  5&10 Bridge
NS
NS
7.21
17.7
6.85
6.6
DER-015 Stillwater
7.09
8.4
7.44
14.8
6.88
6.0
DER-016 Gardner Falls
6.94
6.4
7.19
10.0
6.75
5.0
DER-020 Old Willow
6.76
4.5
7.20
8.7
6.60
3.4
DER-021 Below Charlemont WWTP
6.75
3.3
7.12
10.5
6.68
4.1
DER-025 Zoar Gap
6.59
3.4
6.76
3.6
6.52
3.4
DER-100 Readsboro
6.79
4.7
6.74
4.4
6.64
4.5
NOR-010 North River above BBA
6.91
5.3
7.45
19.0
6.95
8.3
NOR-015 North Rive below BBA
6.94
6
7.57
24.4
6.98
8.8
SOR South River
7.31
14.1
7.71
31.9
7.34
20.4
WBD-050 West Branch Deerfield River
5.83
0.7
6.48
3.0
5.74
0.8

Contact

Local Contact: DRWA Water Quality Monitoring Program: Michael Cole 413-475-3610
State Contact: DEP: Christine Duerring
National Contact: EPA web site

The DRWA Water Quality Monitoring Program is funded in part by a MA DEP 604(b) grant administered by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments.


Updated 8/31/07
by MF Walk DRWA HOME