URI Watershed Watch

Water Quality Program – College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Welcome to URI Watershed Watch

Happy spring! 2017 marks Watershed Watch’s 30th monitoring season, and we are excited to celebrate that milestone. Keep an eye on this page for information as we wrap up our 3rd decade.

We are also excited to welcome potential new volunteer monitors. Recruitment for new volunteers has begun (check out Getting Involved (above) to learn more). Our classroom training starts Sunday, April 2nd (12:30 – 3:30 pm), and is repeated Wednesday, April 5th (6 -9 pm)… spread the word and click here to register as a potential volunteer.

As hosts of this year’s New England Waters conference our regional partners will help us celebrate in June (6/9 – 6/10, 2017), while sharing important information with you on protecting essential local water resources. In fall we’ll invite you to “party with us like it’s 1999” – or maybe more like 1988 when we got this started. Details to come…

Until then, keep checking your email in-box. We’ve sent out information asking you for our monitoring plans in 2017, contact Elizabeth if you haven’t been getting those emails.. 

Recent Monitoring Data - Bacteria Results (Last updated 4/3/17)

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!

Help Brown University find and track marine jellyfish (both where they are and aren’t by letting them know what you see when you take a walk around or a spin on the bay or even a salt pond. This is especially important since a new invasive species (clinging jellyfish) has been spotted in RI waters. Click here to learn more about reporting whether you see any or not. Here is the field guide to help you identify local jellyfish.

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:

Yawgoo Pond in winter

Yawgoo Pond under snow and ice in a past winter

  • Blue Water Task Force: April 17 or 18, 2017
  • Complete 2017 monitoring schedules will be available soon.

Remember, we’re getting ready for our 2017 season, so please if you haven’t brought in your samples and monitoring equipment contact us to make arrangements to do so. We need to clean, calibrate and re-stock for next year.

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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