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Volunteers Needed to Monitor Water Quality in the Oyster River

April 16, 2008

Want to play an active role in protecting the local environment?

The Oyster River Water Quality Monitoring Program keeps an eye on the ecological health of the river and its tributaries in the towns of Durham, Madbury, Lee, and Barrington.

The program is sponsored by Oyster River Watershed Association,

UNH Water Supply and New Hampshire's Department of Environmental Services.

This program is run by volunteers. Presently there are opportunities for new volunteers to get involved. This is a good way to get some real field experience in monitoring water quality and is both a real service to the community and a lot of fun. You can be involved as a volunteer monitor in three different ways.

1) Physical Monitoring (oxygen, turbidity, conductance, pH, temperature.)

This year we will monitor the river once a month from May through November. Sampling will take place on a Friday or Saturday morning and will run from about 8 am until 11 am. You can participate in one or more of these sampling trips. (You don’t have to commit to the entire season of sampling.) Volunteers for physical monitoring have to take a 2-hour training session run by New Hampshire DES.

2) Biological Monitoring

This approach evaluates water quality using living creatures -- macro-invertebrates. It involves two training sessions in mid-August and two, three hour field sessions in August/September.

3) Bacteria Monitoring

This involves 5 field trips once a month from June through October. Each field trip takes place on a weekday morning, usually pretty early, and takes about 3 hours. You can participate in one or more of these trips.

If you are interested or have questions, contact:

Tom Lee

471 packers Falls Road

Lee NH 03824

659-2269, tom.lee@unh.edu

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