- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The University of Rhode Island is looking for volunteers to help monitor the water quality in local waterways.

Volunteers in URI’s Watershed Watch program check the water clarity, temperature, algae concentrations and dissolved oxygen in the state’s lakes, ponds, streams and bays from May through October and collect water samples.

Watershed Watch coordinator Elizabeth Herron says that data can be collected more often to reveal more about the environment because there are typically hundreds of volunteers.

The data has identified changes in water temperature, nutrients, bacteria, algae and other factors affecting the health of aquatic ecosystems. URI says the data is used by conservation organizations, policymakers and others.

The program’s website, web.uri.edu/watershedwatch, lists the 2016 monitoring locations.

Training sessions are planned for April. The program is in its 29th year.

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