News from the Pleasant Bay Alliance

2016 was another successful monitoring season in Pleasant Bay!

Continuing a strong tradition our success rate was a whopping 93% (that is, we collected 93% of the samples targeted at the beginning of the season, and over 100% if duplicates are included).

THANKS AND KUDOS to all volunteers! Your dedication is what keeps our water quality monitoring program going strong.

MANY THANKS also to our coordinators, Carolyn Kennedy, Bob Samuelson, and Heinz Proft, for keeping all stations covered and ensuring that everyone is trained, informed and ready to go.

We also want to express our APPRECIATION to Dr. Bob Duncanson, Technical Director, for his expert oversight of the program, and Dr. Sarah Griscom for her invaluable technical support.


The Pleasant Bay Alliance is a municipal organization formed by the Towns of Orleans, Chatham, Harwich and Brewster to coordinate the resource management plan for the Pleasant Bay ACEC and watershed. The Alliance’s projects, programs and studies promote healthy natural resources and safe public access throughout Pleasant Bay.

Alliance programs encompass technical research, policy analysis, and public outreach in the areas of coastal processes, watershed planning, navigation, fisheries, wetlands protection, and water quality monitoring.

The Pleasant Bay Resource Management Plan “continues to serve as an example of how other ACECs and communities across the Commonwealth can cooperatively plan for and protect sensitive natural resources.”  Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretarial approval of the 2008 Plan Update