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Volunteers Needed to Monitor Water Quality in the Oyster River

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
May 4, 2011

The Oyster River water quality monitoring program is seeking volunteers to help monitor the Oyster River. The program is sponsored by UNH Water Supply, Oyster River Watershed Association, and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

Run by volunteers, the monitoring program keeps an eye on the ecological health of the river and its tributaries in the towns of Durham, Madbury, Lee, and Barrington.

Volunteers are needed to do physical, biological and bacteria monitoring.

 Physical monitoring (oxygen, turbidity, conductance, pH, temperature) will take place once a month from May through November.  Sampling will take place on a Friday or Saturday from about 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. 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 are required to take a two-hour training session run by New Hampshire DES.
Bacteria monitoring involves five field trips once a month from June through October.  Each field trip takes place early on a weekday morning for about 3 hours. You can participate in one or more of these trips.

For more information or to volunteer contact Tom Lee, 659-2269, tom.lee@unh.edu or Brian Gallagher, 2-1390 or brian.gallagher@unh.edu.

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