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West Falmouth Harbor

Buzzards Bay and West Falmouth Harbor (WFH) are estuarine embayments on the western edge of Cape Cod. The input of freshwater on the eastern margin of Buzzards Bay adjacent to Cape Cod and West Falmouth Harbor is largely due to groundwater, some of which is enriched in nutrient discharge from the Falmouth Wastewater Treatment facility. WFH is an ideal site for studying shallow estuarine dynamics and eutrophication. The USGS has conducted field measurements of water levels, circulation, nutrients, water-column properties, and seagrass distributions in collaboration with researchers from Cornell University and the Marine Biological Laboratory, and has implemented numerical models of circulation, seagrass ecology, and water-column optics here.

Scenic photo of marsh with dock

Photo of Mashapiquit Creek and marsh looking northeast from the Nashawena Street bridge.


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