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Getting Our Feet Wet for Water Quality in 2008

Rich Rosencrans, Jill Winton, and Bethann McCarthy of our Henniker, NH office participated in the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services’ Volunteer River Assessment Program. This involved going out twice a month during the summer of 2008 to collect water samples along the local Contoocook River and test them for water quality parameters such as dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH, turbidity, and specific conductivity. Results are compiled, analyzed, and published each year by the NH DES to promote awareness about the importance of maintaining water quality and to increase the amount of water quality data available for watershed planning.

Rich Rosencrans and Jill Winton also participated in the Upper Merrimack River Local Advisory Committee’s biomonitoring program during the spring. Twice a month, volunteers gather at these “Bug Nights” to identify benthic macroinvertebrates (nymph and larval stage aquatic insects and crustaceans) collected from the river bottom. The quantity, health, and diversity of these macroinvertebrates provides a comprehensive, long-term picture of the river’s health.