We currently have two water quality monitoring programs, although collecting water quality data is also an essential part of our other citizen science projects as well.


Riverwatch is a volunteer-driven effort that monitors local waters for compliance with both swimming and shellfishing water quality standards. We’ve been sampling and monitoring water quality at ten sites along the rivers for 29 years. Riverwatch starts on June 7th with a training at 8:45am for new volunteers only, and will be followed by five more sampling dates throughout the summer.

North River Headwaters

We have been funded by MassDEP to use bacterial source tracking to locate potential stormwater and wastewater pollution in the headwaters of the North River, including the Indian Head River, Drinkwater River, and French’s Stream. This project will require both regularly scheduled sampling as well as being on-call for wet weather sampling.

To volunteer for these or any other citizen science efforts, please fill out our citizen science volunteer form.