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United States Works Progress Administration of Massachusetts

United States Works Progress Administration of Massachusetts Water Pollution Surveys Collection, 1936-1938.

1 box (0.5 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 068

Under the federal New Deal in the late 1930s, the Works Project Administration authorized a series of surveys of major watersheds to gauge water quality and sources of pollution. In Massachusetts, the studies were coordinated by the Massachusetts Department of Health and resulted in a series of more or less detailed reports issued between September 1936 and January 1938.

The pollution survey collection contains reports for six major watersheds in New England — the Blackstone, Hoosic, Housatonic, Merrimack, Nashua, and Ten Mile — measuring the impact of both civic and industrial waste on regional water resources.

Background

Under the federal New Deal in the late 1930s, the Works Project Administration authorized a series of surveys of major watersheds to gauge water quality and sources of pollution. In Massachusetts, the studies were coordinated by the Massachusetts Department of Health and resulted in a series of more or less detailed reports issued between September 1936 and January 1938.

Contents of Collection

The pollution survey collection contains reports for six major watersheds in New England — the Blackstone, Hoosic, Housatonic, Merrimack, Nashua, and Ten Mile — measuring the impact of both civic and industrial waste on regional water resources.

Collection inventory
Report on sources of pollution, Blackstone River Valley
1936 Sept.
Report on sources of pollution Hoosic River Valley
1936 Oct.
Report on sources of pollution: Housatonic River Valley, Massachusetts: WPA state planning projects, Housatonic Valley survey project #65-14-8070
1936 Sept.
Report on sources of pollution: Merrimack River Valley
1938 June
Report on sources of pollution: Nashua River Valley
1936 Oct.
Report on sources of pollution: Ten Mile River Valley
1938 Jan.
Administrative information
Provenance

Provenance unrecorded.

Related Material

Reports for other river valleys (including the Deerfield, French, Millers, Quinebaug, Taunton, and Westfield Rivers) are available in the general library stacks.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, May 2015.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: United States Works Progress Administration of Massachusetts Water Pollution Survey Collection (MS 068). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Subjects

  • Blackstone River Watershed (Mass. and R.I.)
  • Hoosic River Watershed
  • Housatonic River Watershed (Mass. and Conn.)
  • Merrimack River Watershed (N.H. and Mass.)
  • Nashua River Watershed (Mass. and N.H.)
  • Ten Mile River Watershed (Mass.)
  • Water--Pollution--Massachusetts
  • Water-resources--Massachusetts

Contributors

  • Massachusetts. Department of Public Health
  • Massachusetts. State Planning Board
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