The Buzzards Bay Coalition is looking for volunteers to help monitor the quality of water in Bourne.
The coalition has put out a call for people to volunteer as Baywatchers this summer to monitor the water in Red Brook Harbor, Hen Cove, the Pocasset River, Phinney’s Harbor and Eel Pond.
Baywatchers volunteer one morning per week from May to September at a designated monitoring site. Using a water testing kit, Baywatchers collect samples and measure salinity, temperature, water clarity and dissolved oxygen at the site. Baywatchers receive training prior to volunteering and do not need a science background.
The Buzzards Bay Coalition is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection, restoration, and sustainable use and enjoyment of Buzzards Bay and its watershed. The coalition is supported by more than 8,000 members.
It works to improve the health of the Buzzards Bay ecosystem through education, conservation, research and advocacy.
The Baywatchers program is the largest volunteer-based coastal monitoring effort in New England. Through the Baywatchers program, the coalition monitors all of Buzzards Bay's major rivers, coves and harbors, an area covering more than one quarter of the Massachusetts coast.
In addition to Bourne, Baywatchers monitor water quality in Falmouth and Wareham on the Cape, as well as Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford and Rochester.
Anyone interested in becoming a Baywatcher is asked to contact Tony Williams, director of monitoring programs at 508-999-6363, extension 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.