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Volunteer Training: Estuary Water Quality Monitoring

May 10, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

volunteers record water quality data in the estuary

Help monitor the health of the Damariscotta River Estuary

Enjoy an opportunity to get out on the water while taking part in an important water quality initiative. Water quality monitors collect data that help us understand changing estuary water quality and habitat conditions. Volunteers test for transparency, dissolved oxygen, salinity, temperature and total nitrogen.

Monitoring takes place twice a month from May through October, at seven different locations between Great Salt Bay and Walpole. The monitoring schedule is tide-dependent and each monitoring session takes about two to three hours. There are rotating teams of volunteers, so you need not commit to every excursion. Sampling is done from Coastal Rivers’ launch Wendy J (volunteer captains provided). All are welcome; children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

The training will take place at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole. At the training, you will have the opportunity to sign-up for monitoring dates based on their own availability throughout the spring, summer and fall.

This class is taught collaboratively by Coastal Rivers’ Director of Community Science Sarah Gladu and Kathleen Thornton.

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May 10, 2023
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Darling Marine Center
193 Clarks Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04753 United States
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