Water Quality Volunteer Training May 26

Come be part of a citizen-scientist project that helps beachgoers feel confident in the quality of water at three swimming areas on the Pemaquid Peninsula, Pemaquid Beach, Biscay Beach, and at the swimming hole above the dam in Bristol Mills. The training will take place on Tuesday, May 26, from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Pemaquid Beach Park, rain or shine. No experience is necessary. This water quality monitoring project is a partnership between Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA) and the Maine Healthy Beaches Program. Pre-registration is required by contacting PWA at 563-2196 or info@pemaquidwatershed.org on or before May 22.

At the free training, a Maine Healthy Beaches Program specialist will teach participants how to collect water samples and other environmental data such as salinity, water and air temperature, and field observations. The procedures are relatively simple to learn, and the handheld equipment is easy and fun to use. Training will require participants to wade about 3 feet into the water to demonstrate sampling competency. Participants should be prepared for the possibility of getting wet and are encouraged to bring waders (the trainer will have extra waders to borrow if need be). Those who complete the training are then qualified to sign up for dates to conduct the water quality monitoring this summer. Sampling is scheduled on Tuesday mornings from Memorial Day to Labor Day and takes approximately 1 hour.

The Maine Healthy Beaches Program is a statewide effort to monitor water quality and protect public health at Maine’s coastal beaches. Pemaquid Watershed Association is a volunteer-based, membership-supported non-profit organization whose mission is to conserve the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula through land and water stewardship and education. For more information, visit www.pemaquidwatershed.org.

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