Water monitoring volunteers needed in Cumberland, Pawtucket

Water monitoring volunteers needed in Cumberland, Pawtucket

The Blackstone River Coalition is looking for volunteer water-quality monitors in Rhode Island to collect data at two sites in the watershed.

In Pawtucket, a volunteer is needed for the Blackstone River at Slater Mill. In Cumberland, a volunteer is needed for the Robin Hollow Pond outlet at Dexter Street.

The BRC recruits and trains citizen volunteers to participate in its watershed-wide water quality monitoring program. The goal is to gather information about the current status of, and longterm changes in the health of the watershed. The information helps policy makers, state officials, and concerned citizens make the Blackstone River cleaner.

Volunteers sample sites on the second Saturday of the month from April through November, and drop off their samples at the Cumberland Fire Station on Mendon Road between 9 a.m. and noon on the Saturday of the testing. Volunteers are needed at the two sites starting in August or September.

Those interested in volunteering should email Amy Parmenter at parmenab@gmail.com.