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Volunteer Monthly Monitoring

Main Project Information
Presented By Charles River Watershed Association
Goal Measure trends in water quality in the Charles River Watershed
Task Collect a water sample with a partner once a month
Where MA
Description

At 6 am on the third Tuesday of the month, volunteers meet their partners at their assigned sampling locations along the Charles River. Volunteers collect a water sample in the sterile bottle provided and measure the water temperature and depth. Volunteers then deliver their sample and data sheet to the assigned drop-off location and collect materials for the next month's sampling event.

Check out the list and map of our sampling sites: http://www.crwa.org/field-science/monthly-monitoring/sampling-sites

How to Join

Follow the instructions on CRWA's website to fill out a volunteer application. This application will be sent to the current volunteer coordinator. The coordinator will connect you with a staff member or volunteer who can train you in the sampling protocol. You will be asked to complete the training quiz online.

Project Timing Occurs year-round, and volunteers are accepted and trained on a rolling basis as space allows.
Website http://www.crwa.org/fieldscience/monthly-monitoring
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Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Per month
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes
Training Materials http://www.crwa.org/field-science/monthly-monitoring/volunteer-resources
Tags monitoring, river, urban ecology, water quality, water sampling
Project Updated 04/21/2017