Safeguard Your Local Water Resources: Join UNH Great Bay Coast Watch
By Kathleen Schmitt
June 10, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. -- Are you concerned about the quality of your local water? Would you like to help protect it and the environment it supports? UNH Great Bay Coast Watch (GBCW) is looking for dedicated individuals to help monitor the water quality of Great Bay and the New Hampshire coast.
Sponsored by NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension, GBCW is New Hampshire's leading citizen volunteer group for monitoring water quality in saltwater and estuarine systems. GBCW needs additional volunteers to assist state agencies and other environmental groups with a variety of projects.
How much time do you have? You can tailor your involvement to be a little or a lot. Volunteer opportunities include:
Rainfall Run-off: Surveying Potential Pollution Sources
Help GBCW and the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) collect water samples from potential pollution sources in dry and wet weather conditions during late summer and early fall.
GBCW is assisting Ducks Unlimited and the NH Coastal Program with a salt marsh monitoring program. This summer, state resource managers and ecologists will train volunteers to use biological, ecological and chemical indicators to assess the health of local salt marshes.
Do you make frequent trips from the Seacoast to Concord? Volunteers are needed to deliver water samples and mussels to the Concord Health and Human Services Laboratory from June through November.
Ambient Water Quality Sampling Assistance
This is an opportunity for a volunteer to accompany DES staff on boats for ambient water quality sampling runs this summer and fall. Each trip is 1-3 hours long, rain or shine.
Collect and Transport Mussel Samples
GBCW and DES need volunteers to assist in the early detection of red tide. Volunteers can join weekly trips to the Isles of Shoals where they will collect mussels suspended at the end of the Star Island dock for testing.
Dover Stormwater Testing
GBCW and the City of Dover have partnered to sample the quality of the water exiting the city's stormwater system. Volunteers are needed to sample and test water for a variety of parameters, including water flow and the presence or absence of fecal coliform bacteria.