Water Quality Monitoring

Become a Citizen Scientist!

Sampling teams are full for 2016. If you're interested, contact Sue Flint to be added to the list of people that we'll contact for 2017.
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OARS depends on volunteers to monitor the water quality in our rivers--that could be you! We directly use the results in restoring the health of our rivers.

We sample on Sunday mornings (dates for 2016 below). Sampling generally starts at 5:30 am and takes about three hours. You can sign up to help on all six Sundays or as few as three. Teams of 3 volunteers each sample one section of the rivers (4 - 6 sites):

  • Assabet River, Westborough to Marlborough
  • Assabet River, Berlin to Hudson
  • Assabet River, Acton to Concord
  • Sudbury River, Framingham to Concord
  • Concord River, Concord to Lowell

Training sessions for new and returning volunteers:
We're still looking for one or two volunteers interested in seeing different parts of the watershed and will arrange on-the-spot training. Email Sue Flint or call 978-369-3956 for information.

Sampling dates for 2016:
Sunday, May 22nd (start 5:30am)
Sunday, June 19th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, July 17th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, August 21st (start 5:30am)
Sunday, September 18th (start 6:00am)
Sunday, November 13th (start 7:00am)