Water Quality Monitoring

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS for 2019: Citizen Science helps make OARS strong!

OARS depends on volunteers to monitor the water quality in our rivers--that could be you! We use the results in restoring the health of our rivers. The 2019 sampling season starts in May! To volunteer please email: sflint @ oars3rivers.org.

We sample on Sunday mornings (dates for 2019 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

2019 Training dates for new and returning volunteers:
Sunday, May 5th, 8:30am in Acton
Wednesday, May 8th, 7:00pm in Hudson
Saturday, May 11th, 8:30am in Wayland

Sampling dates for 2019:
Sunday, May 19th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, June 16th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, July 14th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, August 11th(start 5:30am)
Sunday, September 22nd (start 6:30am)
Sunday, November 10th (start 8:00am)

More information about OARS' water quality monitoring program.