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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 Volunteer Monthly Monitoring MA

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:

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.
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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
Tags monitoring, river, urban ecology, water quality, water sampling
Project Updated 05/23/2018