Water Quality Monitoring

Become a Citizen Scientist!

We're seeking volunteers for the 2017 sampling season! 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 2017below). 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:
Email Sue Flint or call 978-369-3956 for to sign up.
Sunday, May 7th, 9:00am - 10:30am in Acton
Thursday, May 11th, 7:00pm - 8:30pm in Wayland
Saturday, May 13th, 8:30am - 10:00am in Acton

Sampling dates for 2017:
Sunday, May 21st (start 5:30am)
Sunday, June 18th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, July 16th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, August 20th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, September 17th (start 6:00am)
Sunday, November 12th (start 7:00am)