Hydrologic Data of the Coastal Drainage Basins of Southeastern Massachusetts, Northwest Shore of Buzzards Bay

Publication Date



Buzzards Bay, hydrology, Paskamansett River, Sippican River, streamflow, Weweantic River, Massachusetts, estuary, ponds

Report number

Massachusetts Hydrologic Data Report No. 20

Publication place

Boston, MA


United States Department of the Interior, Geological Survey


None supplied. Introduction: This report presents, in tabular form, selected records of wells, test wells, borings, and important springs; measurements of stream discharge, specific conductance, and temperature at municipal water sources and additional sources available. The data were collected during a study of the drainage basins from 1969 to 1971 in cooperation with the Massachusetts Water Resources Commission. The report is released in order to make available to the public and to local, State, and Federal agencies basic hydrologic information that may aid in the planning of water-resources development. Basic record contained in this report complement an interpretive report (Williams and Tasker, 1978). The principal drainage basins in the study area are those of Sippican River, which empties into Weweantic River estuary, Aucoot Brook, Mattapoisett River, Acushnet River, and Paskamansett River which empties into Slocum's River estuary. These basins are bounded on the east by the Weweantic River basin, on the north by the Taunton River basin, and on the west by the basin of the East Branch Westport River. The basins include all or major parts of the City of New Bedford and the Towns of Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester, and small parts of Freetown, Lakeville, Middleborough, Wareham, and Westport. The New Bedford water system, supplied from the Lakeville Ponds, provides water for Acushnet and part of Freetown, and supplements municipal wells in Dartmouth and Fairhaven. Mattapoisett is supplied by municipal wells, and Marion and Rochester are supplied by wells in both towns under a Legislative Act which allows Marion to develop ground-water supplies in Rochester. Wareham Fire District supplies Wareham and a number of users in adjacent Rochester. Westport has no public supply, Marion, Mattapoisett, Middleborough, Rochester, and Wareham are in Plymouth County; the remainder are in Bristol County.

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