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Ready for the 2014 monitoring season??

We're getting there
(click here for info on new volunteer training)

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!

With the weather finally usually turning warmer, we are getting monitoring supplies ready. Will yours be ready for pick-up? If you haven't already let us know what your monitoring plans are for 2014, please do so as soon as possible! Complete our very brief survey to let us know whether you plan to continue monitoring or not. This really helps us to more effectively plan for the coming season. Click here for that survey.

Get ready for the 2014 monitoring season by practicing your
Secchi depth 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 or just "brushing up".

Recent Monitoring Data - Bacteria Results (Last updated 3/25/14)

2014 Blue Water Task Force Data (Enterococci)

2013 Blue Water Task Force Data (Enterococci)
2013 Bristol Harbor and Tiverton Coastal sites (Fecal coliform and enterococci)
2013 Salt Ponds (Fecal coliform and enterococci)
2013 Coastal Waters (CUSH, STB and Napatree Fecal coliform and enterococci)
2013 Lakes, ponds & reservoirs (Enterococci)
2013 Rivers & streams (Enterococci - included WPWA tribs)
2013 Tidal River and Shellfish Tributaries (Enterococci - includes Narrow River sites)
2013 Tidal River and Shellfish Tributaries (Fecal coliform - includes Narrow River sites)
2013 Tributaries - (Enterococci)
2013 Block Island (Fecal coliform and enterococci)
2012 - 2013 Nanaquaket Pond and Tributary (Enterococci and limited fecal coliform)

Next scheduled
2014
water collection


SUNDAY, April 20, 2014
BWTF - Surfrider:
Samples collected 8:30 am - 10:00 am

We are gearing up for our 2014 monitoring season. Equipment and supplies for returning volunteers should be ready for pick-up the first week of May

Melville Pond

2014 season schedules 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 2/6/2014.
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