CONTACT: Anne Capra, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (413) 781-6045
Andrea Donlon, Connecticut River Watershed Council, (413)772-2020 x 205
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2013
Volunteers Sought for Connecticut River Water Quality Monitoring
The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and the Connecticut River Watershed Council are seeking volunteers to participate in a water quality monitoring project on the Connecticut River in Massachusetts.
The Connecticut River will be monitored on a weekly basis between the last week of May to the first week of October. Volunteers are needed to collect a water sample at one site each Thursday morning between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Samples must be brought to either the PVPC office in Springfield, the CRWC office in Greenfield, or a drop-off location in Northampton. Required volunteer trainings will be held during the first full week of May.
The monitoring project, which is now in its sixth year, results in water quality data that provides a more complete picture of the river’s health and understanding about sources of contamination. Water quality information is posted shortly after sampling at www.connecticutriver.us and is useful not only for recreational users who have direct contact with the waters, but for local, state, and federal officials in addressing combined sewer overflow discharges and stormwater flows.
PVPC sites where volunteers are needed are:
CRWC sites where volunteers are needed are: