Online Data Entry

Program Contacts

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Monitoring Overview

What's Monitored

Become a Citizen Scientist

Volunteer Training

Monitoring Schedules and Data Sheets for printing

Current Monitoring Sites - Including Station WW##
- 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


Shored Up: When Human Nature and the Force of Nature Collide a doumentary about climate change and sea level rise - Tues, 9/29/15, 6 pm
(click here)

Harmful algal blooms - Cyanobacteria

First 2015 advisory posted for harmful algal bloom in Melville Pond - Portsmouth (image below) (Click here for details).

. ALgla bloom on JL Curran Reservoir

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, can form harmful blooms in lakes, ponds, and rivers that make the water cloudy, sometimes even making the water look like pea soup or as if bright green paint has been spilled into the water. Under some circumstances these blooms may produce toxins that could make pets and people sick.

Special Note: Community workshop on harmful algal bloom - September 2, 2015; Save the Bay, Providence, RI (click here for a flier).

New study confirms that humans are responsible for increased cyanobacteria growth since 1800s...see http://www.fondriest.com/news/study-confirms-humans-responsible-for-increased-cyanobacteria-growth-since-1800s.htm for an overview.

To learn more, see these websites:

Factsheets and other resources:

Harmful algal bloom - Trustom Pond 2011, photo by D. Stolley

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