Volunteer Monthly Monitoring Program - Charles River Watershed Association

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2018 Water Quality Monitoring Dates

All sampling occurs at 6:00am on the third Tuesday of every month. Exceptions are noted below:

    • Tuesday, January 9, 2018
      (one week early because of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Day)
      Winter Weather Back-up Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

    • Tuesday, February 13, 2018
      (one week early because of Presidents' Day)
      Winter Weather Back-up Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
    • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
      Winter Weather Back-up Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    • Tuesday, April 24, 2018
      (one week later because of Patriots' Day)
    • Tuesday, May 15, 2018

    • Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    • Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    • Tuesday, August 21, 2018

    • Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    • Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    • Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    • Tuesday, December 11, 2018
      (one week early to allow for a winter weather back-up date prior to the holidays)                                    Winter Weather Back-up Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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Refresher Training

Thank you for taking the time to complete CRWA’s Volunteer Monthly Monitoring Refresher Training!

Approximately once per year, CRWA provides an in-house training update to all Monthly Monitoring  Volunteers to ensure that volunteers have a good understanding of water quality sampling procedures, which in turn, results in high quality data. For more information on the next in-house training session, please contact Nishaila Porter

In the meantime, CRWA also provides online training as a refresher for volunteers. This refresher is divided into 6 steps, and should take you approximately 1-2 hours to complete.

Step 1: Please review the updated 2013 Training Manual.


  • Unexplained absences
  • What to do in the event of thunder and lightning on sampling day

Step 2: Please program the following phone numbers into your phone:

  • CRWA Office: (781) 788-0007
  • Your volunteer coordinator's cell phone (see reminder email)
  • Your sampling partner's cell phone
  • Your drop-off site coordinator's cell phone
(Please contact Nishaila Porter if you cannot find the appropriate contact information for your sampling partner or drop-off site coordinator)

Step 3: Please review the 2018 sampling dates, and enter all the sampling dates into your calendar. If there is a sampling event you know in advance you will not be able to participate in, please let Nishaila Porter know ahead of time if possible.

Step 4: Watch the training video appropriate to the sampling methods at your site (i.e. watch only one of the videos below, either the basket sampler video or the pole sampler video):

Basket Sampler
Pole Sampler

Step 5: Please complete the Online Refresher Quiz.

Step 6: Important! Contact Nishaila Porter to inform her you have completed the refresher training.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this refresher training. Your efforts help us collect high quality, accurate data!

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Elisabeth Cianciola - Charles River Watershed Association
Elisabeth Cianciola
Aquatic Scientist
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