Wade in with RIVERS and stay current on water quality issues
Green Mountain Conservation Group (GMCG) and the Saco River Corridor Commission (SRCC) are gearing up for the 2019 RIVERS Water Quality Monitoring Program – a summer biweekly tributary sampling program in the Saco/Ossipee Watershed.
The RIVERS program connects volunteers from New Hampshire and Maine to their local rivers and streams. Since 2002, volunteers have contributed to ongoing research projects led by scientists at the University of New Hampshire and helped GMCG and SRCC monitor the health of local aquatic ecosystems.
In preparation for the 2019 monitoring season, GMCG and SRCC will offer a RIVERS Volunteer Info Session on April 3, 2019, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at GMCG’s Blue Heron House in Effingham, NH. Learn about the RIVERS program and how to get involved. No experience is necessary and light refreshments will be provided.
New and old volunteers are then invited to attend a Volunteer Training Session on April 24 or April 27, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Blue Heron House. RIVERS Volunteers will learn/refresh their water quality skills, practice using monitoring equipment, and meet other volunteers. In order to provide the highest quality data for our records and to comply with our EPA Quality Assurance Project Plan, we strongly encourage all volunteers to attend a session.
Volunteering with RIVERS is a great way to connect to local natural resources and to be at the frontlines of water conservation in the Saco/Ossipee watershed. Participants will learn research skills, connect with other volunteers in the area, and get out and enjoy nature. The RIVERS monitoring program runs biweekly from May to October, and volunteering for the program only takes about 20 minutes roughly two mornings a month to contribute in a meaningful way. Prospective volunteers are welcomed even if they cannot commit for the whole monitoring season.
“Water” you waiting for? Become a RIVERS this summer.