Water Quality

Today, the Saugus River is used upstream for municipal water supply, downstream for commercial fishing operations, and in between for recreational fishing and boating, open space, and recreation along its banks. However, the river is also subject to outfalls for combined sewage overflows (CSO's), industrial waste, and storm drainage.

In 1982, the Massachusetts Divison of Water Pollution Control established for the Saugus River a water quality rating of B, suitable for fishing and swimming, but not drinking. The 1982 study found the river "subject to increased pollutant loadings from stormwater runoff."

In 1989-1990, the baseline assessment of the Saugus System, conducted by Hudsonia Limited, determined the Saugus River may be exceeding limits for a B rating, indicating greater pollution impact.


The Saugus River Watershed Council
P.O. Box 1092, Saugus Massachusetts 01906

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