Help Wanted: URI Watershed Watch seeks
monitors for lakes, ponds, & streams
KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 8, 1999 -- Do you love your lake? Are you proud
of your pond? Are you concerned about the water quality of your favorite
fishing spot? Why not join the University of Rhode Island Watershed Watch
This year,s classroom training session will be held on: Sat. March 27,
9:30 to noon, Room 275 Chafee Hall, URI Kingston. In addition to the classroom
session, volunteers will need to attend a field training session on Saturday,
April 17 or Saturday, May 1.
To qualify, you must value the state,s freshwater resources and want
to help preserve them. Since ponds and lakes are monitored at their deepest
point, a boat, canoe, or kayak is needed, as well as some free time in the
middle of the day.
The 12-year-old program, sponsored by the University of Rhode Island,s
Cooperative Extension, currently has 250 volunteers who monitor approximately
74 locations. With new funding from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental
Management, Watershed Watch is planning to add 10 new lakes this year, so
it is likely that your favorite lake, pond or river needs a volunteer monitor!
See attached list for locations that need monitors.
By carefully and consistently monitoring the water and recording results,
Watershed Watch volunteers provide a valuable service. If something begins
to go wrong, these citizen watchdogs sound an alarm so a small problem doesn,t
become a catastrophic one.
Volunteers come from all walks of life, ages, occupations, educational
backgrounds, and interests. URI personnel under the direction of Linda Green
and Elizabeth Herron, coordinators of the University of Rhode Island Watershed
Watch program train volunteers in the classroom and at field sites.
The monitoring season begins in late April and ends in late October.
Each week on the day of their choice, volunteers monitor for water clarity
between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Every two weeks, they monitor water temperature,
algae concentration, and dissolved oxygen. Three times a year, the volunteers
collect water samples that are analyzed at URI for nutrients, acidity, and
Anyone interested in more information or in volunteering should contact
Linda Green or Elizabeth Herron at 874-2905, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
URI Watershed Watch
Barrington Brickyard Pond**
Burrillville Nichols Pond*
Charlestown Quonochontaug Pond**
Coventry Upper Dam Pond*
Waterman Pond (aka Sisson Pond)*
Coventry Reservoir (aka Stump Pond)**
Flat River Reservoir***
Cranston Mashapaug Pond*
Exeter Boone Lake***
Foster Clark Pond*
Glocester Keech Pond**
Spring Grove Pond**
Smith & Sayles Reservoir***
Hopkinton Grassy Pond*
Lincoln Scott Pond*
Little Compton Quick Sand Pond***
Johnston Almy Reservoir*
Hawkins Pond (Reservoir)*
Oak Swamp Reservoir*
Narragansett Narrow River**
North Kingstown Narrow River**
Silver Spring Lake**
Upper Belleville Pond***
Richmond Beaver River **
Smithfield Waterman Pond**
South Kingstown Indian Lake**
Glen Rock Reservoir***
Hundred Acre Pond***
Tiverton Stafford Pond***
Warwick Gorton Pond**
W. Greenwich Carr Pond*
Westerly Pawcatuck River**
- New locations where volunteers are needed.
** Continued monitoring with new volunteers needed.
*** Partners for current volunteers needed.
For More Information: Linda Green, 874-2905
Elizabeth Herron, 874-2905
Jan Sawyer, 874-2116