URI Watershed Watch

Water Quality Program – College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Welcome to URI Watershed Watch

Please join us on Sunday, NOVEMBER 5th from 3 – 6 pm in Kingston to celebrate our 30th anniversary! Come socialize with and honor current and past volunteers, sponsors, student staff and friends of the program. Click here for more details – including registration NOW OPEN. Please share this flyer with anyone who might be interested in attending – the public is welcome and encouraged to participate.

Please join us to celebrate URIWW's 30th monitoring season!
Please join us to celebrate URIWW’s 30th monitoring season!

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.mainevlmp.org/secchi-simulator/. 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 throughout the season!

With this summer’s rain, we may expect to see harmful algal blooms. To learn more about them and how you can track them, see our page on HABs. We also maintain a list of advisories for waterbodies that have had confirmed harmful algal blooms there.

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


Next scheduled 2017 water collections:

Sampling Yawgoo Pond
Sampling Yawgoo Pond

Important – click here for directions to the URI WW lab during construction!!

  • Blue Water Task Force: October 14th
  • Bristol & Tiverton Harbors: October 5th
  • Clean Up Sound and Harbors (CUSH)
    • Stonington & Wequet.: October 14th
    • Mystic, Pequot, Whitford: Saturday,  October 14th
  • Greenwich Bay: October  12th – 14th
  • Lakes, ponds & reservoirs: October  12th – 14th
  • Napatree Point: October  12th – 14th
  • Rivers & Streams (including Narrow River): October  12th – 14th
  • Salt Pond Watchers: October 18th
  • Warren Harbor: October 15th

Complete 2017 monitoring schedules are available here.

Remember, our building is ONLY accessible from Flagg Rd now due to construction. Here are directions. And since this is the final 2017 water collection – please return your monitoring supplies with your samples (so we can get them ready for 2018!)

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).

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