Assessing trends in water quality is an essential part of protecting the lakes, ponds, rivers and streams in the AWWA region and we depend on the many hours volunteers donate to collect that information. Fortunately, there are a number of willing, eager and dedicated volunteers in the AWWA region up to the task.
In the summer of 2014, AWWA was able to purchase water quality monitoring equipment with financial assistance from the Norcross Foundation. This has given us access to a lab grade meters which measure temperature, oxygen, pH and turbidity. It is our hope that these tools can serve as a community resource for the lakes in our area, as well as a way to get timely water quality data after major rain events.
AWWA coordinates with local lake associations and the University of New Hampshire to get consistent and reliable water quality data on lakes in the AWWA region. This data is crucial to tracking the progress that AWWA makes with stormwater control projects on the ground, and will give community decision makers the long term, reliable science to serve as a basis for new policies.
AWWA is also happy to be participating in a river monitoring program organized with the NH DES to monitor tributaries of the Salmon Falls river. In 2014, AWWA’s river monitors met every other week to sample sites in the AWWA region. It’s easy and fun to be a water quality monitor with AWWA!
To find out more about volunteering as a water quality monitor, call AWWA at (603) 473-2500 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.