Back Beach

Rockport, Massachusetts

Back Beach, minutes from downtown Rockport, is a sand and pebble beach along New England’s coast. It is a well-known scuba diving location. There is street parking available for a fee.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . The Swim Guide - Massachusetts updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Back Beach is sampled weekly from June 1st to September 1st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Local boards of health, county department of health, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation monitor beach water quality in Massachusetts. Rockport's public beaches are tested regularly during the summer season for bacterial contamination. The monitoring seasons is June through September.

Beaches in Rockport are tested on a weekly, or monthly. Infrequently used beaches or beaches that historically have had very few, if any, water quality issues are tested less often, while high-use or historically problematic beaches are tested more often.

The water is tested for Enterococci to determine water quality in brackish and marine water environments. Enterococci is a group of bacterial species typically found in human and animal intestines and are therefore present in sewage. Enterococci is also referred to as indicator organisms. Indicator organisms are used to predict the presence of pathogenic, or disease-causing, organisms associated with fecal contamination.

Swim Guide checks for the latest information daily, Monday - Friday during the swimming season.

A beach is marked Green when less than 104 units of Enterococci / 100 ml of water is present in a single sample, or when the geometric mean of 5 samples contains less than 35 units / 100ml of water.

A beach is marked Red when more than 104 units of Enterococci / 100 ml of water is present in a single sample, or when the geometric mean of 5 samples contains more than 35 units / 100ml of water.

A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Back Beach

Rockport, Massachusetts

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . The Swim Guide - Massachusetts updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   

Back Beach, minutes from downtown Rockport, is a sand and pebble beach along New England’s coast. It is a well-known scuba diving location. There is street parking available for a fee.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Back Beach is sampled weekly from June 1st to September 1st

SOURCE INFORMATION

Local boards of health, county department of health, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation monitor beach water quality in Massachusetts. Rockport's public beaches are tested regularly during the summer season for bacterial contamination. The monitoring seasons is June through September.

Beaches in Rockport are tested on a weekly, or monthly. Infrequently used beaches or beaches that historically have had very few, if any, water quality issues are tested less often, while high-use or historically problematic beaches are tested more often.

The water is tested for Enterococci to determine water quality in brackish and marine water environments. Enterococci is a group of bacterial species typically found in human and animal intestines and are therefore present in sewage. Enterococci is also referred to as indicator organisms. Indicator organisms are used to predict the presence of pathogenic, or disease-causing, organisms associated with fecal contamination.

Swim Guide checks for the latest information daily, Monday - Friday during the swimming season.

A beach is marked Green when less than 104 units of Enterococci / 100 ml of water is present in a single sample, or when the geometric mean of 5 samples contains less than 35 units / 100ml of water.

A beach is marked Red when more than 104 units of Enterococci / 100 ml of water is present in a single sample, or when the geometric mean of 5 samples contains more than 35 units / 100ml of water.

A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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