We Need Volunteer Monitors for River Watch
The Narrow River Preservation Association is looking for volunteers to join their River Watch program. Volunteering to be a water quality monitor is a great way to learn more about the water quality of the Narrow River, and at the same time provide a much-needed service to NRPA. The water quality information collected by our volunteers has been used to make decisions that improve and protect the health of local waters.
No previous experience in water quality monitoring is required. Volunteers come from all walks of life and are of all ages, occupations, educational backgrounds and interests. It can be a great way for teens to gain community service hours.
The monitoring season runs from May until October. Each volunteer is matched to a specific river location that they will be in charge of monitoring. Some locations can be monitored from the shore while other locations require a boat or canoe for monitoring. Every two weeks, on a day of their choice, volunteers monitor temperature, algae concentration, salinity, water clarity, and dissolved oxygen. On several designated dates, volunteers collect water samples that are analyzed at URI for nutrients, acidity and bacteria.
All new volunteers receive training from the University of Rhode Island’s Watershed Watch personnel. Manuals and all necessary monitoring equipment are provided.
Classroom Training - New volunteer classroom training is recommended and will take place on Sunday, April 2nd at 1pm and on Wednesday, April 5th at 6pm, both at URI's Coastal Institute in Kingston. You can choose the day/time that best fits your schedule. Pre-registration is recommended.
Field Training - Attendance at one field training session is required.
The training will be offered on the dates below (please note that the schedule is tentative and may change as we get closer to the season):
• Saturday, April 22, 2017 – 9 am and repeated at 1 pm;
• Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 9 am and repeated at 1 pm;
Pre-registration for field sessions is required. The training does not cost anything, but in order to be sure that there is adequate materials for everyone please register by contacting the URI Watershed Watch Office at: 401-874-4552 or 401-874-2905.
Additional details about volunteer monitoring and how to join the program is available on the URI Watershed Watch website: