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 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


Is your lake green making you blue? Want to learn more about harmful algal blooms? Come to the Sept 2nd workshop!
(click here)

URI Watershed Watch Program Information

The University of Rhode Island Watershed Watch Program (URIWW) is a statewide volunteer monitoring program. It focuses on providing current information on the water quality of surface water resources throughout Rhode Island, including lakes, ponds, reservoirs, rivers, streams and the marine environment.

The heart of the program consists of weekly measurements taken by numerous trained volunteer monitors. The program emphasizes watershed scale monitoring because the water quality of a given body of water is a reflection of the activities in the lands and waters that surround it and lie upstream.

The program encourages communities and shoreline residents to understand the need to cooperatively manage and improve the water quality of ALL the water bodies within a watershed. In this way we can ensure that Rhode Island's bays, estuaries, and freshwater resources remain one of our state's greatest assets.


  • To promote active citizen participation in water quality protection.
  • To educate the public about water quality issues, and build stewardship.
  • To obtain multi-year surface water quality information in order to ascertain current conditions and to detect trends.
  • To encourage sound management programs based upon water quality information.

What's Involved in Being a URIWW Volunteer Monitor

Water Quality Analyses

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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