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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
University of Rhode Island (URI) Watershed Watch

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):
University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension

Contact Information
Name:Linda Green; Elizabeth HerronStreet:One Greenhouse Rd; Natural Resources Science Dept.; University of RI
City: KingstonState: Rhode Island
Zip Code:02881Phone: 401 874 2905
Email:uriww@etal.uri.eduWeb site1:
Fax: 401 874 4561Web site2:

Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? Yes

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):250
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 1988

Sources of funding or in-kind support
x Federal Government State Governmentx Local Government
Foundationsx Businesses Memberships
x Donations Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:xEnvironmental, watershed,& sports assoc; Indian tribes

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?Yes Is it state-approved?No
EPA-approved? No

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?No

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
URI Watershed Watch is the largest water quality program in Rhode Island. Our goals include educating the public, promoting active citizenship participation, obtaining multi-year surface water quality data, and encouraging information-based water quality programs. Our 30 local sponsors include 1/3 of the state's municipalities. with monitoring in 13 of 14 major RI watersheds. Local sponsors pay an annual registration fee. Our 6-month monitoring season involves weekly volunteer monitoring and delivery of samples to URI for extensive analyses. Advanced training in quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC), aquatic vegetation, and stream monitoring is offered as concerns arise. Our program serves as a steppingstone for increase watershed stewardship by volunteers.

Environments monitored:
Estuary, Lake or Pond, Reservoir, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, Hardness, Hydrocarbons, Metals, Nitrogen, pH, Salinity, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Bacteria, Chlorophyll, Exotic / Invasive species

Exotic/Invasive Species:
freshwater jellyfish; purple loosestrife

Additional activities:
Land use surveys

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, University scientists
AdvocacyOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Research Our program, State government, University scientists
Community organizingOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government
Screen for problemsOur program
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government, University scientists
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, State government, University scientists
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisionsLocal government
Watershed planningOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government
Plan restoration projects 
EnforcementNon-governmental community organizations, State government
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) reportState government, Federal government


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