NRWA offers training for prospective water monitor volunteers

GROTON, Mass. – The Nashua River Watershed Association will launch its 24th season of water monitoring this year.

Monitoring will start on the morning of Saturday, April 16, and continue on each third Saturday of the month through October at about 43 sites on rivers and streams in 14 watershed communities in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Water samples taken in the field are delivered to labs in Pepperell or Devens for testing by NRWA staff and lab volunteers.

From 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, the NRWA will hold an orientation and training session for those interested in learning more about water monitoring and volunteer opportunities. The session will be at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St. (Route 119), Groton.

Volunteers may be asked to monitor a new site, join an existing team or be a backup when monitors aren’t available. New sites are considered based on data needs, volunteer availability and funding.

Sign-up is recommended by Thursday, March 31.

To sign up or for more information, email Kathryn Nelson, NRWA water monitoring coordinator, at kathrynn@nashuariver To view the 2015 river report card or watch a video about streamside monitoring, visit and click on the listing under Programs & Events.