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Setting the Baseline for Water Quality and Benthic Organisms in Salem Sound

May 18 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

To attend in person, please register in advance for this meeting here
To attend via Zoom, please register in advance for this meeting here

Salem Sound is in a complex and densely urbanized watershed. Riverine input, stormwater runoff, and wastewater discharge pose a substantial threat to its aquatic environment. In order to better understand the conditions of ecosystems in Salem Sound and the threats to important, vulnerable resources, data on water quality and seafloor condition were gathered in 2019 and 2020 to contribute to an assessment of the Sound and the construction/validation of a water quality model to establish how nutrient loads affect the water quality and habitat of Salem Sound. Preliminary findings will be presented at this talk. Funding was provided by EPA (2019) and by NOAA Multipurpose Grant (2020).

This program will be offered in person and online via Zoom. Space is limited to join in person – please register in advance here. To attend via Zoom, please register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Prassede Vella is a Marine Biologist and Environmental Scientist with over 15 years’ experience in coastal zone management and conservation. In 2008, Prassede joined the MA Office of Coastal Zone Management as part of the core team developing the first ocean management plan for Massachusetts. In September 2010, she joined the MassBays National Estuary Partnership as Staff Scientist. Venturing into estuarine issues provided her with the opportunity to focus on water quality and improving habitat protection and restoration. She holds a BS in Biology and Chemistry, and an MS in Marine Biology from the University of Malta, as well as an MS in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Underwater in Salem Sound is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library. For more information, please visit www.salemsound.org.

2022 is the 10th year of the annual “Underwater in Salem Sound” Lecture Series. This is the final lecture of the series.


May 18
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
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Library Director


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235 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, 01945
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