Historical News

Week of August 29 – September 04, 2021

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Phillipsdale Landing

Water quality at Phillipsdale Landing was fair-to-poor this week. Rainfall this week totaled 3.95 inches at TF Green, with a majority of the rainfall (3.89 inches) occurring in the first two days of September. Impacted by the heavy rainfall at the end of the week, Blackstone River flows increased as the week progressed while remaining elevated over historical median levels. In response to the heavy rainfall, surface salinity decreased this week, averaging 3.8 ppt with a maximum value of 12.8 ppt. Bottom salinity averaged 15.4 ppt, with a maximum value of 30.1 ppt. Water temperatures averaged 22.5°C on the surface and 22.3°C on the bottom. Temperatures ranged from 19.0°C to 25.7°C at the surface and from 19.0°C to 24.8°C at the bottom.

This week, surface dissolved oxygen (DO) averaged 7.5 mg/L, with a minimum of 3.8 mg/L. Bottom DO generally increased over the course of the week, averaging 4.1 mg/L and ranging from <1.0 mg/L to 10.1 mg/L. Bottom water hypoxia (DO ≤ 2.9 mg/L) was persistent throughout the first half of the week. Chlorophyll concentrations were slightly lower than the previous week, averaging 5.2 ug/L on the surface and 3.5 ug/L on the bottom, with a surface maximum of 16.2 ug/L. Please note that tidal fluctuations and Blackstone River flow greatly influence water column salinity, temperature, and DO at this location.

Bullock Reach

Water quality at Bullock Reach was fair-to-poor this week. Overall, salinity remained similar over the course of the week, averaging 22.4 ppt at the surface, 28.7 ppt at mid-depth, and 31.0 ppt in bottom waters. Lowest salinity (15.5 ppt) occurred in surface waters, while greatest salinity (32.3 ppt) occurred in bottom waters. Temperatures averaged 23.2°C, 23.0°C, and 22.2°C at the surface, mid, and bottom, respectively. Surface temperatures ranged from 20.5°C to 25.7°C, mid temperatures ranged from 21.2°C to 24.7°C, and bottom temperatures ranged from 20.5°C to 23.5°C.

This week, DO averaged 7.2 mg/L at the surface, 4.0 mg/L at mid-depth, and 3.4 mg/L at the bottom. Hypoxic conditions (DO ≤ 2.9 mg/L) were observed at the mid and bottom depths. The minimum DO value, 1.7 mg/L, occurred in bottom waters during the morning of August 31, which was during a period of prolonged hypoxia that lasted approximately 13 hours. Chlorophyll concentrations averaged 15.2 ug/L at the surface and 10.8 ug/L at mid-depth. The maximum chlorophyl value in surface waters was 35.4 ug/L.


Week of August 22 – 28, 2021

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Phillipsdale Landing
Water quality at Phillipsdale Landing was fair-to-poor this week. Conditions this week were mostly wet, with 1.78 inches of rainfall recorded at TF Green. Blackstone River flows remained elevated over historical median levels, based on heavy rainfall this week. Surface salinity averaged 5.4 ppt, with a maximum value of 13.1 ppt. Bottom salinity averaged 17.2 ppt, with a maximum value of 27.5 ppt. Water temperatures averaged 25.4°C on the surface and 24.3°C on the bottom. Temperatures ranged from 23.6°C to 29.1°C at the surface and from 23.3°C to 26.1°C at the bottom.

This week, surface dissolved oxygen (DO) averaged 6.3 mg/L, with a minimum of 3.9 mg/L. Bottom DO generally decreased over the course of the week and ranged from 1.7 mg/L to 6.8 mg/L; bottom hypoxia (DO ≤ 2.9 mg/L) was common. Chlorophyll concentrations were lower than the previous week, averaging 5.6 ug/L on the surface and 4.8 ug/L on the bottom, with a surface maximum of 17.7 ug/L. Please note that tidal fluctuations and Blackstone River flow greatly influence water column salinity, temperature, and DO at this location.

Bullock Reach
Water quality at Bullock Reach was fair-to-poor this week. Sondes were changed out for routine maintenance on August 24. Salinity generally increased slightly over the course of the week, averaging 22.2 ppt at the surface, 27.3 ppt at mid-depth, and 29.9 ppt in bottom waters. Salinity ranged from 18.3 ppt to 26.1 ppt at the surface, 21.6 ppt to 29.6 ppt at the mid-depth, and 27.9 ppt to 31.2 ppt at the bottom. Surface temperature averaged 25.4°C and ranged 24.0°C – 27.8°C, mid temperatures averaged 24.3°C and ranged 23.4°C – 26.0°C, and bottom temperatures averaged 23.2°C and ranged 22.3°C – 24.2°C.

This week, DO averaged 7.5 mg/L at the surface, 4.8 mg/L at mid-depth, and 3.9 mg/L at the bottom. Hypoxic conditions (DO ≤ 2.9 mg/L) were observed at the mid and bottom depths. The minimum DO value, 2.6 mg/L, occurred in bottom waters on August 28, during a period of hypoxic conditions that lasted approximately two hours. Chlorophyll concentrations averaged 15.7 ug/L at the surface, 9.8 ug/L at mid-depth, and 1.7 ug/L at the bottom. The maximum chlorophyll value in surface waters was 119.4 ug/L.​

Week of August 15 – 21, 2021

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Phillipsdale Landing
Water quality at Phillipsdale Landing was fair-to-poor this week. Sondes were changed out for routine maintenance on August 17. Rainfall this week totaled 0.44 inches at TF Green, with all of it occurring on August 19.  Blackstone River flows were mostly low through most of the week but were elevated following the rain event on August 19. Salinity at the surface averaged 12.6 ppt and ranged from 1.5 ppt to 23.0 ppt, while bottom salinity averaged 21.2 ppt and ranged from 3.9 ppt to 27.8 ppt. Surface water temperatures this week were slightly warmer than the previous week, averaging 24.8°C and ranging from 22.9°C to 26.7°C. Bottom water temperatures averaged 23.9°C and ranged from 22.1°C to 26.0°C.

This week, surface dissolved oxygen (DO) averaged 6.1 mg/L, with a minimum of 2.1 mg/L, while bottom DO averaged 2.8 mg/L, with a minimum of 0.7 mg/L. Although, prolonged periods of hypoxic conditions (DO ≤ 2.9 mg/L) were observed in bottom waters throughout the course of the week, bottom DO generally increased as the week progressed. A maximum duration of hypoxia of approximately 2 days occurred from August 15 to August 17. Chlorophyll concentration averaged 19.0 ug/L on the surface and 11.6 ug/L on the bottom, with a surface maximum of 83.3 ug/L. Please note that tidal fluctuations and Blackstone River flow greatly influence water column salinity, temperature, and DO at this location.

Bullock Reach
Water quality at Bullock Reach was fair-to-poor this week. Overall, salinity remained similar over the course of the week, averaging 25.7 ppt at the surface, 28.2 ppt at mid-depth, and 30.2 ppt in bottom waters. Lowest salinity (21.8 ppt) occurred in surface waters, while greatest salinity (31.7 ppt) occurred in bottom waters. Temperatures averaged 24.5°C, 23.8°C, and 22.5°C at the surface, mid, and bottom, respectively. Surface temperatures ranged from 23.3°C to 26.3°C, mid temperatures ranged from 21.8°C to 25.4°C, and bottom temperatures ranged from 20.9°C to 24.4°C.

This week, DO averaged 7.1 mg/L at the surface, 5.1 mg/L at mid-depth, and 3.4 mg/L at the bottom. Hypoxic conditions (DO ≤ 2.9 mg/L) were observed at the mid and bottom depths. The minimum DO value, 1.8 mg/L, occurred in bottom waters during the morning of August 17, which was during a period of prolonged hypoxia that lasted approximately 25 hours. Chlorophyll concentrations averaged 10.4 ug/L at the surface, 5.6 ug/L at mid-depth, and 4.4 ug/L at the bottom. The maximum chlorophyl value in surface waters was 36.6 ug/L. ​

Week of August 8 – 14, 2021

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Phillipsdale Landing

Water quality at Phillipsdale Landing was fair-to-poor this week. Conditions this week were mostly dry with 0.16 inches of rainfall recorded at TF Green.  However, Blackstone River flows remained elevated above historical median levels, based on the heavy rainfall (2.39 inches) in the week prior. Water column salinity this week was higher than last week. Surface salinity averaged 12.2 ppt, with a maximum value of 21.3 ppt. Bottom salinity averaged 21.2 ppt, with a maximum value of 27.1 ppt. Water temperature averaged 24.3°C on the surface and 23.1°C on the bottom. Temperatures ranged from 22.3°C to 28.3°C at the surface and from 21.3°C to 25.7°C at the bottom.

This week, surface dissolved oxygen (DO) averaged 5.4 mg/L, with a minimum of 2.8 mg/L. Bottom DO increased slightly over the course of the week, averaging 2.4 mg/L and ranging from 1.2 mg/L to 2.4 mg/L; bottom hypoxia (DO≤2.9 mg/L) was persistent through a majority of the week. Chlorophyll concentrations were lower than the previous week, averaging 10.0 ug/L at the surface and 6.3 ug/L on the bottom. At the surface, chlorophyll ranged from 2.0 ug/L to 29.3 ug/L. Please note that tidal fluctuations and Blackstone River flow greatly influence waster column salinity, temperature, and DO at this location.

Bullock Reach

Water quality at Bullock Reach was poor this week. Sondes were changed out for routine maintenance on August 12. Over the course of the week, bottom salinity generally increased while mid-water and surface salinity remained similar.  Overall, salinity averaged 24.4 ppt at the surface, 28.5 ppt at mid-depth, and 30.2 ppt in bottom waters. Salinity ranged from 19.4 ppt to 27.2 ppt at the surface, 25.2 ppt to 31.8 ppt at the mid-depth, and 25.8 ppt to 31.8 ppt at the bottom. Surface temperature averaged 24.3°C and ranged 22.6°C – 26.8°C, mid temperatures averaged 23.2°C and ranged 20.5°C – 26.2°C, and bottom temperatures averaged 21.2°C and ranged 19.9°C – 23.5°C.

This week, DO averaged 7.4 mg/L at the surface, 4.8 mg/L at mid-depth, and 2.5 mg/L at the bottom. Hypoxic conditions (DO ≤ 2.9 mg/L) were observed intermittently at mid-depth, while hypoxic conditions were persistent in the bottom waters throughout the week. The minimum DO value, 1.7 mg/L, occurred in bottom waters. Chlorophyll concentrations averaged 10.0 ug/L at the surface, 5.1 ug/L at mid-depth, and 3.3 ug/L at the bottom. The maximum chlorophyll value in surface waters was 22.5 ug/L.


Week of August 1 – 7, 2021

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Phillipsdale Landing

Phillipsdale Landing sondes were changed out for routine maintenance during the morning on August 3. Overall, water quality at Phillipsdale Landing was poor this week. Rainfall this week totaled 2.39 inches at TF Green, with a majority (1.48 inches) occurring on August 5. Impacted by the large rain event on August 5, Blackstone River flows increased towards the end of the week and flows remained elevated over historical median levels. Please note, the bottom sonde salinity and pH data appeared suspect from August 1 to August 3; per an internal review, these data are excluded from this summary. Water column salinity this week was lower at the surface while higher in the bottom waters. Surface salinity averaged 5.4 ppt, with a maximum value of 11.6 ppt, while bottom salinity averaged 20.4 ppt, with a maximum value of 28.5 ppt. Water temperatures averaged 22.6°C on the surface and 21.9°C on the bottom. Temperatures ranged from 20.5°C to 25.1°C at the surface and from 20.6°C to 23.3°C at the bottom.

This week, surface dissolved oxygen (DO) averaged 7.8 mg/L, with a minimum of 4.9 mg/L. Bottom DO was mostly low throughout the week, averaging 1.7 mg/L and ranging from <1 mg/L to 5.9 mg/L. Persistent periods of hypoxia (DO ≤ 2.9 mg/L) were mostly observed in the bottom waters earlier in the week, with bottom DO generally increasing as the week progressed. Chlorophyll concentrations were higher than the previous week, averaging 17.4 ug/L on the surface and 7.5 ug/L on the bottom, with a surface maximum of 86.2 ug/L. Please note that tidal fluctuations and Blackstone River flow greatly influence waster column salinity, temperature, and DO at this location.

Bullock Reach Buoy

Water quality at Bullock Reach was fair-to-poor this week. Please note, the mid sonde salinity and temperature data appeared suspect from August 1 to the morning of August 4; per an internal review these data are excluded from this summary. Salinity generally increased slightly over the course of the week, averaging 24.5 ppt at the surface, 28.5 ppt at mid-depth, and 30.8 ppt in bottom waters. Salinity ranged from 19.7 ppt to 27.1 ppt at the surface, 22.9 ppt to 32.3 ppt at the mid-depth, and 28.0 ppt to 32.0 ppt at the bottom. Surface temperatures averaged 22.8°C and ranged from 21.5°C – 24.6°C, mid temperatures averaged 22.1°C and ranged 20.0°C –24.1°C, and bottom temperatures averaged 20.5°C and ranged 19.4°C – 22.6°C.

This week, DO averaged 8.3 mg/L at the surface, 5.4 mg/L at mid-depth, and 3.0 mg/L at the bottom. Hypoxic conditions (DO ≤ 2.9 mg/L) were observed at the mid and bottom depths, with the minimum DO value (1.8 mg/L) observed in bottom waters. Bottom hypoxic periods of up to 15 hours  occurred towards the end of the week. Chlorophyll concentrations averaged 12.9 ug/L at the surface, 7.4 ug/L at mid-depth, and 2.7 ug/l at the bottom. The maximum chlorophyll value in surface waters was 29.9 ug/L, which occurred in mid-day on August 7. ​


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