URI Watershed Watch

Water Quality Program – College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Welcome to URI Watershed Watch

Happy winter! We are working hard finishing up or 2017 season, all while prepping for the 2018 monitoring season. We are always looking for new volunteers, so spread the word. Information on how you can become a citizen scientist can be found here. Our training and monitoring  schedules will be available VERY soon! Keep checking back here.

And despite the cold weather, some local lakes and ponds are still experiencing harmful algal blooms (HABs). See our HABs page for more details. 

Many local ponds are "resting" under a blanket of snow and ice this winter.
Many local ponds are “resting” under a blanket of snow and ice this winter.

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 2018 water collections:

Sampling Yawgoo Pond
Sampling Yawgoo Pond

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

  • Blue Water Task Force: February  12th or 12th

If you have not returned samples or equipment from the 2017 season, please contact us to make arrangements to do so.

Remember, our building is ONLY accessible from Flagg Rd now due to construction. Here are directions

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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