Mad River Watch
2015 is the 31st Year of the Mad River Watch Program!
2015 Sampling Underway!
Mad River Watch volunteers collected samples on the following dates during the summer of 2014: June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, August 10, August 24. See data from each date below.
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 from 36 sites on the Mad River and its
tributaries. At all sites, data collection includes water temperature, pH, and E. coli bacteria levels. Eighteen sites are sampled for phosphorus and turbidity. MRW results are published in the
Valley Reporter, Facebook and the FMR website and also displayed on FMR signs at ten popular swim
holes.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.
Most Recent Results
June 15, 2015
June 29, 2015
July 13, 2015
July 27, 2015
August 10, 2015
August 24, 2015
2014 E. coli Summary results for all locations
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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