Watershed Group seeking volunteer monitors

Watershed Group seeking volunteer monitors

LINCOLN – The Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone is seeking volunteers to assist with its 15th year of water quality monitoring of 17 sites in the Rhode Island region of the watershed.

Field monitors are needed to sample two sites in Burrillville: the Chepachet River on Gazza Road, and the Clear River off Route 102. Additional volunteers are needed who can serve as “floaters” to cover sites on an “as needed” basis. Volunteers are also needed in the water testing lab, which is located at the North Cumberland Fire Station on Arnold Mills Road in Cumberland.

Sites are sampled on the second Saturday of each month from April through November. Field monitors are trained to test for dissolved oxygen at the site, record physical and aesthetic parameters, and collect a water sample, which they drop off at the lab between 9 a.m. and noon on the Saturday of testing, to be analyzed for nutrients, conductivity, and turbidity.

To volunteer, contact Susan Thomas at 508-471-0988 or email acadia94@zoho.com.