Press Release: For immediate release

Watershed Group Seeking Volunteer Monitors

3/9/17...The Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone (BRWC/FOB) needs volunteer water quality monitors to collect data at three sites in the Rhode Island region of the watershed.  These sites are Woonsocket (Mill River on Privilege Street), Bellingham (Peters River on Paine Street), and Lincoln (Blackstone River, below Albion Dam on the west bank). The BRWC/FOB is also seeking monitors who can serve as “floaters” to cover sites on an “as needed” basis.  Fieldwork not your thing?  Come volunteer in the water-testing lab.  The lab is located at the North Cumberland Fire Department off Arnold Mills road.


The BRWC/FOB is a member of the watershed-wide Blackstone River Coalition and, as such, recruits and trains citizen scientists to participate in the Rhode Island portion of the Coalition’s volunteer water quality monitoring program.  The goal of this long-running program is to gather information about the current status of, and long-term changes in, the health of the Blackstone River watershed.  This information helps policy makers, state officials, and concerned citizens make the Blackstone River cleaner for people and wildlife.


Over 80 volunteers work with the BRC to sample 75 sites throughout the watershed from Worcester to Pawtucket.  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 9:00 a.m. and noon on the Saturday of testing, to be analyzed for nutrients, conductivity, and turbidity.


To volunteer, contact RJ Turcotte, Rhode Island Field Coordinator at 508-981-7908 or 

Download the original Press Release from the BRWC/FOB