CELS Watershed Watch program seeks volunteers to monitor the state’s ponds, streams, and lakes
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KINGSTON, R.I. – March 4, 2014 – Sindy Hempstead has been monitoring the water quality of Tucker Pond in South Kingstown as a volunteer with the University of Rhode Island’s Watershed Watch program for 20 years. Once a week from May to October, the 88-year old North Kingstown resident loads her kayak in her car, drives to the pond, and paddles to the middle to take measurements.
“Every year they call and wonder if I’m going to do it again, and I never have a good excuse not to. As long as they need it done and I am able, I’ll do it,” she said.
Hempstead is one of about 400 volunteers who monitor the water quality in 210 lakes, ponds, streams, bays and other water bodies in Rhode Island. The volunteers play a critical role in helping scientists understand the effect that weather and land use have on water quality in the state.