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URI Watershed Watch

URI Watershed Watch

is run by

The University of Rhode Island College of the Environment and Life Sciences

in partnership with the

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management


many local organizations.

Open the URI Watershed Watch website



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.


Open the URI Watershed Watch website



Topic - water quality monitoring, volunteer monitoring

Audience - all ages, local residents, interested citizens

Location - Rhode Island

Goals - education, long-term data, outreach, training



Linda Green, Program Director/URI Watershed Watch  email Linda


Elizabeth Herron, Program Coordinator/URI Watershed Watch  email Elizabeth


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