Our 29th monitoring season has proven to be interesting so far – no April showers, but plenty of May flowers, and caterpillars galore (Yuck!) all of which impact water quality, making regular data collection so valuable. See below for next scheduled water collection dates and links to the monitoring schedules. Bacteria data are available below as well. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-874-4552 if you need additional information.
The URI Watershed Watch (URIWW) is a volunteer water quality monitoring program that works with local communities to assess water quality, identify sources of pollution in water and provide information about water leading to more effective management of critical water resources. Led by trained scientists, URI Watershed Watch helps local governments, watershed, tribal and other organizations recruit and train volunteers to become citizen scientists gathering detailed, quality assured monitoring data. Our comprehensive watershed-based program focuses on long-term environmental monitoring of RI’s fresh and salt water resources including lakes, ponds, streams and coastal waters. We provide training, equipment, supplies and analytical services tailored to organizational needs, while meeting strict quality assurance and quality control guidelines in the field and in our state-certified water testing laboratory. Click here to learn more!
Brush up or maintain your Secchi disk reading skills at the Maine Secchi Disk Simulator: http://www.mainelakedata.org/recertify/. This great tool allows you to lower a disk on your computer screen – and even tells you when you’ve got it right! Great for learning, and for keeping your skills sharp until the 2016 season!
Help Brown University find track marine jellyfish (both where they are and aren’t by letting them know what you see when you take a walk around or a spin on the bay or even a salt pond. Click here to learn more about reporting whether you see any or not.
Recent Monitoring Data - Bacteria Results (Last updated 6/14/16)
- 2016 Blue Water Task Force Data (Enterococci)
- 2016 Bristol Harbor and Tiverton Coastal sites (Fecal coliform and enterococci)
- 2016 Salt Ponds (Fecal coliform and enterococci)
- 2016 Coastal Waters (CUSH, STB and Napatree Fecal coliform and enterococci)
- 2016 Lakes, ponds & reservoirs (Enterococci)
- 2016 Rivers & streams (Enterococci – included WPWA tribs)
- 2016 Tidal River and Shellfish Tributaries (Enterococci – includes Narrow River sites)
- 2016 Tidal River and Shellfish Tributaries (Fecal coliform – includes Narrow River sites)
- 2016 Warren Harbor Sites (Fecal coliform and enterococci)
Next scheduled 2016 water collections:
- Block Island: Sunday, June 19th
- Salt Pond Watchers: Wednesday, June 29th
- East Bay Coastal Sites:
- Save Bristol Harbor Sites – Thursday, July 7th
- Tiverton Harbor Commission Sites – Thursday, July 7th
- Warren Harbor Sites – Sunday, July 10th
- Blue Water Task Force: Weekend of July 23rd
- Rivers, streams, marine sites: Thursday, July 21st – Saturday, July 23rd
- Lakes, ponds, reservoirs: Thursday, July 21st – Saturday, July 23rd
Complete 2016 monitoring schedules are available (click here).
Call 401-874-2905 or 401-874-4552 to make arrangements for dropping off samples or with questions regarding parking, etc. Please use 874-2905 on water collection days (we will be in the lab on those days and that’s the best number to reach us by).
No prior experience is needed to become a URI Watershed Watch citizen scientist – just an interest in making a difference by monitoring water! Our citizen scientists get to go out on their favorite lake, pond, stream or bay to gather information on water about once a week at mid-day from May through October. Monitoring teams are encouraged, and actively recruited to help share the work. Click here for more information about getting involved with environmental monitoring.