The Importance of Our Oceans: "Over the past two summers, I have had the pleasure of participating in the Bacteria Monitoring research team, and this past summer I recently joined the Watershed Quality Monitoring team. Within the Bacteria Monitoring student research group, I sampled and recorded the weekly quantitative number of enterococcus faecalis per one hundred milliliters of oceanic water. The most valuable part of my team research, however, was determining the connection between environmental conditions and high numbers of bacteria. We found that heightened rain led to an increase in the most probable number of bacteria, which could be attributed to a variety of factors. Most importantly, however, was the connection of bacterial numbers to the health of the harbor, and vicariously, the health of the Stellwagen Bank."