Mad River Watch
2017 Sampling (the 33rd Year of the Mad River Watch Program) is Underway!
Mad River Watch volunteers have collected or will collect samples on the following dates during the summer of 2017: June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21.
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.
July 10, 2017
June 12, 2017
June 26, 2017
The Mad River Watch
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:
- To build public support for clean water
- To establish and maintain a long-term valley wide
information base to
help us evaluate the long-term health of the river and to take actions
to improve and maintain it.
- To provide an enriching educational and
practical experience for junior and senior high school students which
integrates and applies several sciences and social studies.
increase public awareness of the connection between land use and water
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
2016 Final Report
August 22, 2016
August 8, 2016
July 25, 2016
July 11, 2016
June 27, 2016
June 13, 2016
June 15, 2015
June 29, 2015
July 13, 2015
July 27, 2015
August 10, 2015
August 24, 2015
All E. coli data - 2015 Data Summary
All Phosphorus and Turbidity data - 2015
2014 E. coli Summary results for all locations
All Phosphorus and Turbidity data - 2014
Total Phosphorus - 2013 Turbidity - 2013
2013 E. coli Summary results for all locations
2012 E. coli Summary results for all locations
2011 E. coli Summary results for all locations
2010 E. coli Summary results for all locations
Map of Sampling Locations
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.
A Primer for Safe Swimming
This primer reviews the facts about water quality and how it can affect swimmer's health. Click here
to view the guide.
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