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URI Watershed Watch

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Presented By URI Cooperative Extension
Goal Work with local communities to assess and manage water quality
Task To regularly monitor a local waters following URIWW procedures
Where Rhode Island

The URI Watershed Watch (URIWW) is a volunteer water quality monitoring program that works with local communities to assess water quality, identify sources of pollution in water and provide information about water leading to more effective management of critical water resources. Led by trained scientists, URI Watershed Watch helps citizen scientists gather detailed, quality assured monitoring data. We focus on long-term monitoring of RI's fresh and salt water resources including lakes, ponds, streams and coastal waters. We provide training, equipment, supplies and analytical services tailored to organizational needs to help communities use information locally.

Project Timing Monitoring is seasonal (May through October for most sites), but training typically takes place in the spring (March and April). Interested volunteers can be put on a list for the following season if needed.
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Ideal Age Group Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults
Ideal Frequency Per month
Average Time An hour or so
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes
Training Materials
Class Materials Yes provided and available at
Tags water quality monitoring
Project Updated 05/23/2018