a Citizen Scientist
Current Monitoring Sites - Including Station #
- Lakes, Ponds & Reservoirs
- Rivers & streams
- Bays, salt ponds & harbors
to Bathymetric Maps of Some RI Ponds
Data and Results
Aquatic Invasive Species
Cyanobacteria (Algal Blooms)
Fair - Water Projects
- Volunteer Monitoring
- Educational -
- Agencies (Including URI)
Watershed Watch New Volunteer
Becoming a Citizen Scientist
- Training of new new volunteers
occurs each spring so that they are able to participate in
the May through October monitoring season. A list of potential
volunteers is maintained year round, with letters sent in the
spring announcing the training schedule.
- URI Watershed Watch volunteers
are not expected to have any special expertise or scientific
- All training and equipment is supplied
by Watershed Watch staff, with monitoring methods specially
designed to produce useful data from simple tests.
- Volunteers need to supply time,
enthusiam, and a boat to get to the deepest part of their waterbody.
- Volunteer monitor training does
not cost anything, but in order to be sure we have adequate
materials for everyone, we do require that you pre-register
by calling 401/874-4552 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Volunteer Training Schedule:
Training (Recommended for all volunteers):
The classroom training is designed to help people considering becoming volunteer
monitors learn more about water quality in general, and about Watershed Watch.
We find it helps volunteers to better understand exactly what and why they
are monitoring, and to feel more connected to the program and to their waterbody.
Attending a URIWW training session does not obligate you to become a volunteer
monitor and is a great way to learn more about water quality! The classroom
session is offered twice, so please choose the date and time that best fits
Volunteer Classroom Training (choose one) -
April 7, 2013 - 1 pm, Weaver Auditorium, Coastal
Institute in Kingston
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 6 pm, Weaver
Institute in Kingston
at a classroom session is highly recommended to
help you learn about water quality and what and why we monitor.
Please contact us to pre-register for a classroom session (401-874-4552
or 401-874-2905). Following the classroom training, we will work
with you to determine the appropriate field training. Participation
in a field training session is REQUIRED!
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Training (REQUIRED of all volunteers):
New volunteers learn how to collect samples
and conduct the various tests used by URIWW to assess our local water
resources. Working is small groups with the equipment and supplies,
volunteers get to perform the skills until they are fully comfortable.
Following the training, volunteers take home their equipment, and
are encouraged to practice on their own. The
field sessions are offered a number of times and we try to group
together volunteers monitoring similar environments (i.e. lakes or
streams) or perhaps even the same sites so we will work with your
to choose the date and time that best fits your schedule and our
needs. PRE-REGISTRATION FOR FIELD SESSIONS IS REQUIRED.
Training for New Volunteers - Locations announced when registering
(Please note - this schedule is tentative and may change as we
get closer to the season.)
April 27, 2013 - 9 am - coastal sites, lakes and ponds
(Bristol Harbor and Eastern RI sites);
2013 - 9 am - lakes and ponds, coastal sites;
Saturday May 4, 2013 -
1 pm - rivers and streams, coastal sites;
Saturday May 11, 2013 - 9 am - lakes
and ponds, coastal sites;
Saturday May 11, 2013
- 1 pm - rivers and streams, coastal sites.