URI Watershed Watch

Water Quality Program – College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Welcome to URI Watershed Watch

We’ve begun our 29th monitoring season 29th!! See below for next scheduled water collection dates and links to the monitoring schedules. Bacteria data are available below as well. Contact eherron@uri.edu 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!

Wondering if spring will bring jellyfish? Help Brown University find out by letting them know what you see when you take a walk around the bay or a winter sail? Click here to learn more about reporting whether you see any or not.

Recent Monitoring Data - Bacteria Results (Last updated 5/27/16)

Next scheduled 2016 water collections:

  • Salt Pond Watchers: Wednesday, June 1st
  • Block Island: Sunday, June 5th
  • East Bay Coastal Sites:
    • Save Bristol Harbor Sites – Thursday, June 9th
    • Tiverton Harbor Commission Sites – Thursday, June 9th
    • Warren Harbor Sites – Sunday, June 12th
  • Blue Water Task Force: Weekend of June 11th
  • Rivers, streams, marine sites: Friday, June 10th or Saturday, June 11th
  • Lakes, ponds, reservoirs: (Optional with June  rivers with advanced notification)
    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.

Getting Involved

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.

Bathymetric Maps of Some RI Ponds


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