Water Quality

Clean Beaches and Streams Program monitors local stormwater outfall pipes and streams to find out if bacteria from leaking sewers or septic systems are getting into the sound. Results on bacterial testing are available from 2003 to 2016.

Stormwater runoff is a major source of pollution to Salem Sound.
Municipalities also play a major role in managing stormwater. New Federal and State stormwater management requirements will soon be in place. Learn about the regulations and about stormwater utilities. Learn more about how you can be part of the stormwater solution.

Marine Debris- plastics in the ocean - is a very serious problem.
Much of this plastic gets washed through storm drains. Through our Adopt a Beach Program, you help us keep our beaches and ocean free of plastics.

Salem Sound is a No Discharge Area (NDA). Read more about what this means and how this came to pass and get the Salem Sound boat pumpout schedule.

With special funding, SSCW worked with Salem State University began sampling the marine waters of Salem Sound in 2010 for the first time since 1997. Read more.

Contact US | Volunteer