Water Quality Volunteers
Our 2020 water quality monitoring season wrapped-up on Wednesday, September 2. THANK YOU to the 25 volunteers who helped us gather bacteria, conductivity, and turbidity data at 22 sites on 8 dates this summer!
Read the 4-page 2020 White River Water Quality Report to learn more about water quality trends in the White River watershed.
The 2021 water quality monitoring season will begin on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Stay tuned for more information about opportunities to volunteer, receive biweekly data results, and more!
Water Quality volunteer responsibilities
In 2001 the WRP launched the first citizen-based Water Quality Monitoring Program in the White River watershed in an effort to better understand potential threats to water quality and public health. Every year WRP staff and trained volunteers gather water quality monitoring data at 22 sites throughout the watershed, including popular swimming holes and the mouths of major tributaries.
Water Quality Monitoring volunteer responsibilities include:
- Participating in a training session in mid-May;
- Monitoring a specific site every other Wednesday from late-May through early-September with equipment provided;
- Gathering data on conductivity and turbidity and collecting a water sample (for bacteria analysis) at the site;
- Transporting the water sample bottle to a designated drop-off location; and
- Maintaining a data sheet.
If you are interested in becoming a site steward, please contact WRP Program Coordinator Christian Pelletier at christian[at]whiteriverpartnership.org.