URI Watershed Watch
The URI Watershed Watch program is the largest scientist-led volunteer water quality monitoring program in Rhode Island. Program staff coordinate more than 350 trained volunteer citizen scientists monitoring the water quality of Rhode Island freshwater lakes and ponds, rivers and streams, salt ponds and coastal watersheds. This award-winning program has more than thirty local sponsors, including one third of RI cities and towns, watershed and lake associations, environmental organizations, scouts, the Narragansett Indian Tribe, RI DEM, individual and corporate sponsors. Comprehensive program components include: recruiting, classroom and field training, and equipping volunteers; in-house laboratory analyses in our state-certified lab, data reporting to volunteers, sponsors and pertinent governmental agencies. Specific programs are tailored to lakes and ponds, rivers and streams, estuaries and salt ponds.
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