Help your favorite resource – Participate in Local Events

2016 URI Watershed Watch POTLUCK Breakfast
Saturday, March 12, 9am (Doors open at 8:30)
South Kingstown Land Trust Barn, 17 Matunuck Beach Road, South Kingstown (directions to SouthKingstownLandTrustBarn)

Celebrating twenty-eight years of water monitoring by our dedicated volunteer citizen scientists, and looking ahead to the 2016 season. Special presentation: “Algae in Our Waters.” URIWW will provide coffee, tea and juices. Please bring something delicious to share! Here’s a link to the 16 WW breakfast invitation to share with your volunteers.

Please RSVP by March 9, to Linda Green, phone 401-874-2905, email lgreen@uri.edu

Winter jellyfish monitoring
All winter at your convenience
Greenwich Bay (and other salt waters)

Help Brown University assess how jellyfish are affecting local fish stocks and marine ecosystems.  Click here for details! Or contact James Corbett (james_corbett@brown.edu) for additional information.

URI Home*A*Syst: 2016 Private Well Water Workshops (see Home*A*Syst for details)
URI’s Home*A*Syst program will hold community workshops for homeowners to learn about well water testing, protection, and good housekeeping practices to protect your drinking water quality.

  • Monday, March 14th at at 6 to 7 pm
    Richmond-Carolina Fire Station, 208 Richmond Townhouse Road, (Rte 112) , Richmond, RI
    Co-sponsored by the Richmond Conservation Commission
  • Monday, April 11th at at 6 to 7 pm
    Little Compton Community Center, 34 Commons, Little Compton, RI
    Co-sponsored by the Little Compton Community Center
  • Tuesday, May 17th at at 6 to 7 pm
    Island Free Library, Dodge Street, Block Island, RI
    Co-sponsored by the Island Free Library

We will answer your questions and provide you with a packet of resource materials. RI Department of Health water testing kits will be available at the program.

Workshops are free and open to the public. Please call (401) 874-4918 to register for the workshop of your choice.

The URI Home*A*Syst Program is an educational, technical resource to Rhode Island residents. We work to provide residents with the skills and resources needed to protect their drinking water quality, the quality of the State’s water resources, and to take action to protect their health and the environment. More more information see http://web.uri.edu/safewater/.

URIWW New Volunteer Training
Saturday, April 2nd at 9 am, and repeated on Wednesday, April 6th at 6 pm
Weaver Auditorium, Coastal Institute in Kingston
1 Greenhouse Rd, Kingston, RI 02881

Interested in learning more about the URI Watershed Watch program and what it’s like to be a citizen scientist? Come to our classroom training to learn about what we monitor and why. Click here for details.

Central Pond Cleanup Organized by the Ten Mile River Watershed Council
Saturday, April 16th, 9 am – 1 pm
215 Ferris Ave., Rumford, RI

We will meet at Kimberly Ann Rock Complex for an extensive cleanup of water and land. Depending on how many people sign up will determine how much of the pond we cover.This years event will be co-sponsored by American Rivers, they will be providing us trash bags More details to follow.

Collecting Mercury Bulbs in Rhode Island – Participating Retailers

Compact fluorescent light bulbs are a great way to cut your carbon emissions (and electric bills) but they contain mercury, which makes disposal a potential problem. Even the small amount of mercury found in the bulbs will accumulate in the tissues of fish and other species when the bulbs are simply thrown in the trash. Properly recycle the bulbs by bringing them to a participating hardware storm and protect our lakes, river and bay! See http://cleanwateraction.org/page/collecting-mercury-bulbs-rhode-island-participating-retailersfor a list of hardware stores (and maybe buy a few LED bulbs while you are there which use even less electricity, do not contain mercury, and last a lot longer).

The Shocking Truth About Your Dog’s Poop
One of the biggest threats to many of our waterways is also one of our favorite things – the family dog. Learn why it’s so important by clicking here – and don’t forget to scoop it!

Farmers Markets – Statewide
Various days, times and locations

While our local farms are gearing up for spring, they still have lots of local products are available including a wide variety of locally raised meats, eggs, produce and more. Support local farmers, who help Rhode Island maintain its rural character, provide jobs, protect open space and water quality, all while providing nutritious, locally grown foods! To find one of these INDOOR farmers’ markets click here to learn more.

Walk, hikes, paddles and cruises
See a complete list of outdoor events at “What Grows On in Rhode Island”
http://www.whatgrowsonri.com/outdoors-in-ri.html