Pioneer Valley
Planning Commission

Eric Carle Museum, Amherst, MA
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Media Release

CONTACT: Anne Capra, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (413) 781-6045

May 21, 2013

Volunteers Still Needed for Connecticut River Water Quality Monitoring

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is still seeking volunteers to participate in a water quality monitoring project on the Connecticut River in Massachusetts for three monitoring sites:

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 the PVPC office in Springfield. 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 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.  

To volunteer for sampling, please contact Anne Capra at PVPC, (413) 781-6045 or
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