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.
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)