Volunteer River Monitoring

Program (VRMP)

Introduction | History | Contacts | Publications | Data | Links

Introduction

In 2009, the DEP launched a statewide volunteer river monitoring program (VRMP). The VRMP is a network of volunteer groups participating in quality-assured river and stream sampling. The program operates under a program-level Quality Assurance Program Plan (QAPP). Individual volunteer groups develop Sampling and Analysis plans to tailor the program-level QAPP to their specific project goals. As part of the program, VRMP staff provide annual trainings and certification, guidance about data quality objectives, technical support and assistance, data storage in DEP's Environmental and Geographic Analysis Database (EGAD), and annual reports.

History

DEP began work to establish a statewide volunteer monitoring program in 2004 because of the lack of standardization among volunteer monitoring groups and centralized access to data. In addition, a 2007 report assessed the need for a statewide citizen-based monitoring program and demonstrated the benefits of such an initiative. If you would like a copy of this report, "Citizen Stewardship and Monitoring for Clean Water in Maine", please contact program staff.

Program Contact

Mary-Ellen Dennis (Program Coordinator) - (207) 215-7946
Volunteer River Monitoring Program
Maine DEP
17 State House Station
Augusta ME 04333-0017

VRMP Publications

 

 

VRMP

Current Volunteer Groups

Contact your local volunteer group to get involved. Field sampling is generally June-September.

Androscoggin River Watershed Council:
Contact: Jeff Stern- (207) 595-0317

Friends of Merrymeeting Bay
Contact: Ed Friedman

For the Kennebunk and Mousam Rivers,
Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
Contact: Jacob Aman

Presumpscot Regional Land Trust

Rockport Conservation Commission

Dock

Data

Links