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Storms, Streams, and Reservoirs--Assessing Water Quality in the Cambridge, Massachusetts, Drinking-Water Source Area

Fact Sheet FS-056-02

By Marcus C. Waldron, Matthew G. Cooke, and Christopher M. Ragnelli

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ABSTRACT

From September 1997 through November 1998, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Water Department (CWD), studied the water quality of Cambridge's three drinking-water supply reservoirs and their tributary streams. Although highway and urban stormwater runoff adversely affected some tributaries, the reservoir system ultimately delivered high-quality water to the treatment plant. Using data from this study, the USGS and CWD developed a comprehensive monitoring program for the drinking-water source area and designed a new investigation that examines how storm-water runoff affects tributary- and reservoir-water quality.

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The citation for this report, in USGS format, is as follows:

Waldron, M.C., Cooke M.G., and Ragnelli, C.M., 2002, Storms, Streams, and Reservoirs-- Assessing Water Quality in the Cambridge, Massachusetts, Drinking-Water Source Area U.S. Geological Survey: Fact Sheet FS-056-02, 6 p.





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