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Mad River Watch

2013 Sampling Dates

Mad River Watch volunteers will be collecting samples on the following dates this summer:

June 16, June 30, July 14, July 28, August 11, August 25

More about Mad River Watch

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. In 2012 data was collected on water temperature and pH, and samples were tested for E. coli bacteria. Several sites were sampled for phosphorus and turbidity. MRW results are published in the Valley Reporter and FMR website and also displayed on FMR signs at swim holes.

The Mad River Watch Program (MRWP) 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.
  • To increase public awareness of the connection between land use and water quality.

Most Recent Results

Total Phosphorus - 2013

Turbidity - 2013

June 17, 2013

July 1, 2013

July 15, 2013

Historical Data

2012 Summary results for all locations

2011 Summary results for all locations

2010 Summary results for all locations

2009 Summary results for all locations

2008 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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