URI Watershed Watch

Water Quality Program – College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Welcome to URI Watershed Watch

We’ve just updated our website (and may still have a few broken links, but we are working on it). Contact eherron@uri.edu or 401-874-4552 if you need information that you currently can’t access.

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!

Wondering if jellyfish hang around all winter? So is Brown University, especially in Greenwich Bay (and more). So why not let 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.

Why not keep your reading Secchi disk reading skills sharp all winter? Just go to 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!

Speaking of which, plans are underway for our 29th monitoring season! Our new volunteer training will begin the end of March (click here to see our new volunteer training page for details). Let your friends and neighbors know that they too can get trained to help monitor your favorite water.

Recent Monitoring Data - Bacteria Results (Last updated 12/18/15)

Next scheduled 2015 water collections:

Next scheduled 2016 water collections:

Blue Water Task Force
Weekend of January 24th & 25th

Remember – we’re gearing up for our 2016 monitoring season. If you haven’t returned your equipment from 2015, please contact us to make arrangements for bringing in your monitoring equipment!

2016 season will be here before you know it – schedules will be available soon. 

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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