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Cambridge Environment Facts

Air Quality, Water Quality, Climate and more


Cambridge
Air Quality
Boston & Suffolk/Middlesex Counties
. Good Days Moderate Days Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons Days Unhealthy Days Very Unhealthy Days
2017 178 182 5 0 0
2016 218 141 7 0 0
2015 212 149 3 1 0
2014 212 153 0 0 0
2013 224 136 5 0 0




Cambridge
Water Quality
Charles Watershed
. % Good % Threatened % Impaired
2014 14 0 86
2012 4 0 96
2010 5 0 95
2008 na na na
2006 na na na
2004 14 0 86
2002 20 0 80




Cambridge
Recreation
. # of Parks # of Parks
(99 City Avg)
National Parks, Historic Sites, etc.
(managed by National Park Service)
Cape Cod National Seashore, John F. Kennedy National Historic Site plus 20 more 7
National Campgrounds, Lodges, etc.
(other federal agency-managed sites)
8 26
State Parks, Sites, etc. 44 11



Cambridge Climate
(1971-2000)
. . 99 City Avg
January - Avg Low Temp 22 F 27 F
January - Avg Daily Temp 29 F 37 F
July - Avg Daily Temp 74 F 74 F
July - Avg High Temp 82 F 86 F
Avg Annual Precipitation 43 in 35 in



Cambridge Elevation
20 feet GPTR 99 City Average
1,652 feet



Cambridge
Natural Hazards
. Risk Level 99 City Average
Total Hazard Risk Moderate Moderate
Earthquake .6% 10.9%
Tsunami No Risk No Risk
Hurricane 20-40 10
Flood Very High Very High
Tornado Low Low
Volcano No Risk No Risk
Wildfire Low Low



Cambridge
Man-Made Hazards (Nuclear)
Nuclear Power Stations
(# Reactors)
Distance from City GPTR 99 City
Average
Pilgrim (1) 30 miles 50% of cities are within 100 miles of at least one nuclear station
Seabrook (1) 40 miles



Cambridge
Heating and Cooling Degree Days
(avg annual)
. . 99 City Avg
Total Degree Days 6,407 5,915
HDD 5,630 4,662
CDD 777 1,253



EPA Hazardous Material Cleanup Sites
(Cambridge Area)
Cambridge Area EPA Cleanup Sites


Legend:
Small green circles (older style maps) or multi-colored circles (newer style maps: click here for legend) indicate 1)Superfund Sites 2)Federal Facilities 3)RCRA Corrective Action Sites and 4)Brownfields Properties (EPA hazardous material cleanup sites defined at Environment link)

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