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Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring

Roger Williams Park is home to the new Providence Stormwater Innovation Center



In order to asses the downstream changes to water quality, after the implementation of green infrastructure stormwater practices in Roger Williams Park, a volunteer water quality monitoring program is being established, in partnership with URI’s Watershed Watch. No prior experience is necessary, just an interest in learning about water quality sampling and monitoring in your community. Watershed Watch provides all of the training necessary to become a citizen scientist!


Training sessions are offered:


  • Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

  • Thursday, April 2, 2020 from 6:00-9:00 PM


The sampling season will begin in May and end in October. There are 6 sampling sites within the Roger Williams Park ponds that we will be sampling. The goal is to have groups of 2-3 volunteers split up the responsibilities of each sampling site. No boat is necessary, all sampling sites can be accessed by bridge or from shore.


Here is the sampling schedule required for the sites:


  • Weekly sampling (dissolved oxygen and temperature)

  • Bi-weekly sampling (chlorophyl a)

  • Three times per year sampling (nutrients, bacteria, alkalinity and pH)


Ideally these responsibilities will be split between 2-3 people per site.


To register for the URI Watershed Watch Training Program, please fill out the following form


https://web.uri.edu/watershedwatch/getting-involved/become-a-volunteer/


For more information about the Providence Stormwater Innovation Center and the volunteer monitoring program, please contact Ryan Kopp at rkopp@asri.org 

Call us:

401-949-5454 

ext 3044

Find us: 

Providence Stormwater Innovation Center

Roger Williams Park

1000 Elmwood Ave

Providence, Rhode Island  02907

RKopp@asri.org