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 directly use the results in restoring the health of our rivers. The 2018 sampling season is finished; if you'd like to be added to the list of people to contact for next year's sampling please email: sflint @ oars3rivers.org. We'll be holding training sessions at the beginning of May 2019.

We sample on Sunday mornings (dates for 2019 TBA). 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

Sampling dates for 2019:
Sunday, May TBA (start 5:30am)
Sunday, June TBA (start 5:30am)
Sunday, July TBA (start 5:30am)
Sunday, August TBA (start 5:30am)
Sunday, September TBA (start 6:00am)
Sunday, November TBA (start 8:00am)

More information about OARS' water quality monitoring program.