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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) publishes periodic water quality assessment reports for individual watersheds within the Commonwealth. These reports use available water quality information to classify river segments and lakes/ponds based their ability to support designated uses as defined in the SWQS. The designated uses, where applicable, include: Aquatic Life, Fish Consumption, Drinking Water, Shellfish Harvesting, Primary and Secondary Contact Recreation and Aesthetics (Carr 2010) .
Availability: PIE Frequency: once every 10-15 years
Response Variable(s): % of Assessed river habitat (miles) meeting the standards for Aquatic Life use; % of Assessed pond/lake habitat (acres) meeting the standards for Aquatic Life use
Carr, J.W., 2010. Parker River Watershed and Coastal Drainage Area 2004-2008 Water Quality Assessment Report, Available at: http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dep/water/resources