Threatened Habitats

Eelgrass- Zostera marina - is one of the most valuable marine habitats found in the Northeast. We are fortunate to have large eelgrass meadows right in our front yard--off the Beverly and Manchester coast. More on how you can help protect it!

Protecting the remaining salt marshes of Salem Sound is critical for the ecological health of the Sound. Two-thirds of the Sound’s salt marshes were lost between 1965 and 1998. Salem Sound’s remaining 65 acres (30 acres of which are in the Forest River system) are predominately small or fringe salt marshes in close proximity to roads, homes, and influxes of freshwater and sediment runoff, locations where Phragmites finds it easy to establish.

Four rivers and many brooks bring fresh water to Salem Sound. The North River is the largest source of fresh water to the Sound.
The North River watershed is nearly 11.5 square miles, collecting water from Peabody and Salem. The North River is the largest source of fresh water to Salem Sound. Learn about the North River Widening Project.

Urban ponds are generally the first water body to experience eutrophication. Tufts Field Project 2010: Planning for Effective Pond Management in the Salem Sound Watershed provides a wealth of information on how to protect our ponds.