Riverwatch Water Quality Monitoring
The NSRWA has been sampling water quality for 24 years to evaluate the health of the rivers. This volunteer-driven program monitors the rivers every other week from the beginning of June to the end of August. Our volunteers monitor for both swimming and shellfishing standards, each of which have specific concentrations of fecal coliform and enterococci bacteria that are considered safe for these kinds of human interactions with the water.
The purpose of the program is to provide the public with information on the water quality status of our rivers and provide data to support eliminating sources of pollution in the rivers. During the summer, our water quality data is published in the local newspapers.