Plymouth Bay: Expect Red Tinted Tidal Waters Due to Wastewater Treatment Study This Week

Due to a wastewater plant dye study, tidal waters around Plymouth, Kingston and Duxbury will have a red tint to it this week.

Rhodamine WT is a dye that is harmless to people and the ecosystem, and will be released from the Plymouth Wastewater Treatment Center.

These dye tracing studies will determine if discharge from the Plymouth Wastewater Treatment is affecting the shellfish harvesting waters nearby including Plymouth Harbor, Kingston Bay and Duxbury Bay.

Scientists from the U.S Food and Drug Administration with the Mass Division of Marine Fisheries and the US Environmental Protection Agency will be monitoring the tidal flows and the dispersion of the dye from the Wastewater plant through the three bay system.

Once the study is complete, a report will be produced to help ensure the safety of shellfish harvested from these waters for human consumption.


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Amy Leonard grew up in Carver and always had a passion for radio. She studied radio production at New England Institute of Technology in Rhode Island, then moved to Martha's Vineyard where she worked as a DJ at WVVY producing the midday show called PB and Jams. She has since then camped across the country to California but has made her way back to the only home she knows, the South Shore.