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Watershed Watch seeks volunteers to monitor lakes, ponds, streams

Twenty-five years of water quality data collected by volunteers from the Watershed Watch program at the University of Rhode Island has shed light on the variability of the conditions of Rhode Island’s ponds, rivers and streams and how climate change and the increasingly severe weather affects them. The program is now seeking additional volunteers to continue to monitor the state’s water bodies.

“We know that our waters are highly variable from site to site and from year to year,” said Elizabeth Herron, Watershed Watch program coordinator. “Rainfall affects sites very differently – some respond well to dry weather, others to wet weather. It depends on whether they need to have excess nutrients...

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