Faculty Advisor

Dudle, Jeanine Denu


The town of Charlton, Massachusetts lacked a comprehensive water quality analysis and management plan for their surface water bodies. Historical water quality data was obtained and new water quality data was collected from three water bodies in the town. The data demonstrated water quality issues including high total phosphate concentrations, low dissolved oxygen, and low pH in comparison to state and federal guidelines. A management plan was designed to address the current and future water quality issues. Recommendations included regular water quality monitoring, aeration to increase dissolved oxygen levels, planting native vegetation to remove nutrients from runoff, integrating stormwater drainage systems to filter pollutants, and educating residents on water pollution prevention.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2019


Environmental Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering