2017 Sampling (the 33nd Year of the Mad River Watch Program) is Underway!
FMR has been monitoring water quality in the Mad River since 1985 and has the longest continuous volunteer water quality monitoring dataset in the country. Every summer, volunteers collect water samples dozens of sites on the Mad River and its tributaries. Analysis includes water temperature, E. coli bacteria levels, total phosphorus, total nitrogen and turbidity. MRW E. coli samples are analyzed "in-house" and results are published in the Valley Reporter, Facebook and the FMR website and also displayed on FMR signs at ten popular swim holes weekly. Phosphorus, nitrogen, and turbidity data are available online at the end of the season when we receive the results from the state lab.
The Mad River Watch
Program is a water quality monitoring,
improvement, and protection program for the Mad River and its
tributaries sponsored by the Friends of the Mad River. The program
involves community participants in collecting high quality information
on the physical, chemical, and biological indicators of water quality.
The overall goal of the MRWP is to restore and maintain the physical,
chemical, and biological integrity of the Mad River system by
identifying and addressing water quality problems that affect the
health and human use of the river ecosystem. Other goals include:
Do you want to be involved? We have volunteer opportunities each year. Be in touch by email or phone and let us know.
Long-term Data Reports:
Presentation - August 18, 2016: Mad River Watch: Safeguarding Our Future by Looking at the Past
Historical DataTurbidity - 2013
FMR collects samples at 36 sites in the Mad River watershed, including sites on the mainstem, several tributaries, and many of the popular swim holes.