Research and Resources
Salem Sound Coastwatch
Monthly SoundNet PDFs of past Salem Sound Coastwatch's e-newsletters
Need to know where and how to get a boat pump-out in Salem Sound?
State of Salem Sound Symposium - 2011 - fourteen presentations by SSCW staff, Salem State University professors and MA Division of Marine Fisheries aquatic biologists covered the region's past, present and future issues and was attended by over.
Marine Invaders Resource Center created by SSCW to provide online help for our volunteers and others to learn about marine invasive species identification and monitoring.
Old Creek Salt Marsh Report - SSCW completed the Old Creek Salt Marsh Assessment and Management Plan for Salem State University as part of their Phase III: Restoration Assessment and Strategy. Seasonal monitoring took place from August 2009 through June 2011 with the assistance of trained SSU student interns and local citizens.
Clark Pond, Manchester Wetlands Assessment - SSCW conducted 2010 pre-restoration vegetation, nekton and salinity monitoring and again in 2011 after the tidal restrictions were removed. The project was funded by the MA Division of Ecological Restoration.
Upper Mill River Clam Study - 2008 - 2010. SSCW conducted a benthic survey to monitor changes in the Mill River inter-tidal zone (formerly an impoundment) after the tidegate in Gloucester was opened.
Lobster Trap Fouling Study - 2010. Through a partnership with
local commercial lobstermen and funding from MA CZM, SSCW was able to expand coastal monitoring of marine invasive species to the deeper waters of Salem Sound. Fouling organisms on traps were identified and cataloged, with some interesting results.
Pickman Park, Salem Phragmites Study- 2007 - 2011. Salem State University Biology professor, Dr. Alan Young and his students worked with SSCW to test three methods of Phragmites australis removal.
Tufts Universtity Department of Urban and Environmental Policy
and Planning has completed the following four projects for
Salem Sound Coastwatch:
- Planning for Effective Pond Management in the Salem Sound Watershed 2010 (PDF 5.2 MB)
- Climate Change: Ready or Not Report - May 2008 (3.8 MB PDF)
- Creating a New Place: A Concept Plan for 15 Peabody Street 2007
(PDF 32 MB)
- Nurturing the Recovery of the North River: A Practical Vision 2004 download the report (PDF 22 MB) and Appendices & References (PDF 7 MB).
Salem Sound Mass Bays Program in this 2009 fact sheet. (PDF 1.7 MB)
The Marine Resources of Salem Sound, 1997 Technical Report TR-6, MA DMF, DFWELE, EOEA by Bradford C. Chase, Jeffrey H. Plouff, and Wayne M. Castonguay (PDF 5.6 MB). A wealth of Salem Sound information!
Fate and Transport Modeling of Contaminants in Salem Sound
2001 ASA Report 00-031. Report to the Marine Monitoring and Research Technical Series, MMRTS-01-01. (PDF 14 MB)
Hydrodynamic simulations of Salem Sound to predict the fate and transport of wastewater effluent and contaminants from the South Essex Sewage District (SESD) in Salem Sound (1985).
Rainbow smelt (Osmerus mordax) spawning habitat on the Gulf of Maine coast of Massachusetts 2006 by Bradford C. Chase. Technical Report TR-30, MA DMF, DFWELE, EOEA
2010 Massachusetts Bays Program State of the Bays Report
tracks the condition of seventeen indicators of the health of Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays under the categories of Water Quality, Living Resources, and Human Uses and Planning, and reports on such topics as changes in the water chemistry of Boston Harbor due to improved wastewater management, causes of Harmful Algal Blooms, trends in eelgrass beds throughout Massachusetts Bay, and acreage of land protected since our last State of the Bays Report. The first State of the Bays publication, released in 2004, is also available at the above web site.
Prepared for the MA Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) from 2006 to 2009, the Massachusetts Coastal Infrastructure Inventory and Assessment Project reports include condition ratings and estimated repair or reconstruction costs for publically owned seawalls, revetments, groins, jetties, and other structures.