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Volunteer training: Swim beach monitoring

May 18, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

swimmers at Pemaquid Beach

Photo: Swimmers at Pemaquid Beach

Every summer, Coastal Rivers volunteers monitor swim beaches at Biscay Pond, Bristol Mills and Pemaquid in collaboration with the Maine Healthy Beaches program. There are currently a few openings for volunteers!

Trained volunteers collect water samples on a weekly basis and bring them to the Nature Center at Coastal Rivers Salt Bay Farm, where they are picked up and brought to a state-certified water quality lab in Rockland. There the samples are analyzed for fecal coliform bacteria.

This program provides real-time data for Damariscotta and Bristol, the towns that manage the swim beaches – so volunteer monitors are providing a critical service to the community and to the towns. In recent years, these beaches have been consistently very clean with minimal bacterial contamination.

Volunteers need to be available from roughly 7:30 am to 10:00 am on Tuesday mornings through the end of August.

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May 18, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust
Maine Healthy Beaches


Pemaquid Beach
27 Pemaquid Beach Park
Bristol, Maine 04554
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