Online Data Entry

Program Contacts

Program Information

Monitoring Overview

What's Monitored

Become a Citizen Scientist

Volunteer Training

Monitoring Schedules and Data Sheets for printing

Current Monitoring Sites - Including Station #
- Lakes, Ponds & Reservoirs
- Rivers & streams

- Bays, salt ponds & harbors

Link to Bathymetric Maps of Some RI Ponds

Participating Communities

Program Partners

Monitoring Manuals

Monitoring Data and Results

Water Quality Factsheets

Research Connections

Aquatic Invasive Species

Cyanobacteria (Algal Blooms)

Success Stories

Additional Resources
- Science Fair -
Water Projects
- Volunteer Monitoring
- Educational
- Water Facts
- Agencies (Including URI)
- Organizations


URIWW annual brunch and more coming SOON
(click here for upcoming events and information)

Welcome to URI Watershed Watch

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!

Happy Spring!!? Soon we'll be back out on the water, under sunny skies, with our snow shovels collecting dust. Maybe your Secchi disk reading skills got a little rusty this winter??
No problem - hone your skills with the Maine Secchi Disk Simulator at 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, just "brushing up" or even dreaming of warmer days.

Tell your friends and neighbors - new volunteer training starts SOON! Our first classroom session in Wednesday, March 25th - click here to learn more!

Recent Monitoring Data - Bacteria Results (Last updated 3/20/15)

2015 Blue Water Task Force Data (Enterococci) - new!!
2014 Blue Water Task Force Data (Enterococci)
2014 Bristol Harbor and Tiverton Coastal sites (Fecal coliform and enterococci)
2014 Salt Ponds (Fecal coliform and enterococci)
2014 Coastal Waters (CUSH, STB and Napatree Fecal coliform and enterococci)
2014 Lakes, ponds & reservoirs (Enterococci)
2014 Rivers & streams (Enterococci - included WPWA tribs)
2014 Tidal River and Shellfish Tributaries (Enterococci - includes Narrow River sites)
2014 Tidal River and Shellfish Tributaries (Fecal coliform - includes Narrow River sites)
2014 Tributaries (Enterococci)
2014 Block Island (Fecal coliform and enterococci)

Next scheduled
water collections:

Blue Water Task Force
Weekend of March 21, 2015

Final water collection for all other sites
has happened. If you have not already brought in your water samples and monitoring equipment please contact us to make arrangements!

We are gearing up for our 28th (!!) monitoring season - details available soon. Please let your neighbors and friend know that the training schedule for new volunteers is available.

Melville Pond
2015 season schedules and
field data
sheets now available online.

Call 401-874-2905 to make arrangements for dropping off samples or with questions regarding parking, etc. (Full schedules can be found and printed from here.)

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.

 Questions, comments, or problems with the website? Email our Webmaster. Last updated 3/9/2015.
URI Watershed Watch provides equal program opportunities without regard to race,age, sex or preference, creed, or disability. The University is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity employer. AES and CE programs are nondiscriminatory (Non-Discrimination Statement). Copyright 2006 URI Water Quality Program