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LaRosa Volunteer Monitoring

The LaRosa Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Analytical Services Partnerships
                                                           (LaRosa Partnership)   

      Since 2003 this partnership has helped watershed associations and monitoring groups across the state of Vermont implement new and/or ongoing surface water monitoring projects for waters in need of water quality assessment by helping to alleviate the financial burden of laboratory analysis costs. This testing allows citizens to get out and see their streams and rivers firsthand, learn about water quality issues, and use water testing to identify where impacts are present.

GET INVOLVED
VIEW & EXPORT LAROSA DATA
FORMS AND TEMPLATES
EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS
PARTNERS- PAST & PRESENT
REPORTS
FAQs / ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

GET INVOLVED

         Waters in need of monitoring that are of particular concern to your watershed group and of interest to our department are encouraged to apply for this partnership. The concern could be recreational, aesthetics, or simply an overwhelming feeling that an impact is occurring that has yet to be addressed and more sampling is required.
          If you do become a LaRosa partner, responsibilities  include:  preparing RFPs (request for proposals), QAPPs (Quality Assurance Project Plans), training volunteers to collect the water samples, collecting the water samples, sample delivery to VAEL, completing bottle orders, interacting with the VAEL staff, watershed coordinators and Jim Kellogg, QCing the data and getting the data to Jim via a prepared template (it then gets further QC review), preparing the final report, and disseminating the results to the public. If you are sampling E.coli at swimming holes, posting signs directly at the sites is also required. 
Read testimonials of what watershed groups involved with LaRosa have said about the program. 

Interested in partnering with the LaRosa program? Read the Request For Proposals document, which has detailed information about the program.  The proposal for the 2017 sampling season is due by January 31, 2017
 

VIEW & EXPORT LAROSA DATA

FORMS AND TEMPLATES

EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS - (coming soon)

PARTNERS PAST & PRESENT

Past LaRosa partners:
Calais Conservation Commission
Essex Waterways Association
Lake Iroquois Tributary Monitoring Program
Lake Rescue Association
Northwoods Stewardship Center
Norwich Conservation Commission

Ompompanoosuc Watershed Council/White River NRCD
Rock River-Friends of the Missisquoi Bay
Seymour Lake Association
St Albans Bay Association
Stevens River Watershed Council

 

 

 

 

 

REPORTS FROM LAROSA PARTNERS

Reports are written by LaRosa partners at the end of each sampling season.
                                        Partners- thank you for all of your hard work!

Allen Brook (Williston Conservation Commission) :  | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2010 |
Addison County River Watch Collaborative:  | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 |
Black River Action Team: | 2016 | 2014 | 2013 |
Calais Conservation Commission: | 2005 |
Chittenden County Stream Team:  | 2016 | 2015| 2013 | 2012 |
Essex Waterways Association: | 2006 |
Four Rivers Winooski Partnership: | 2016 |  2015 | 2013
Franklin Watershed Committee: | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 
Friends of Mad River: | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2012 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 |
Friends of Northern Lake Champlain:  | 2016 | 2015 |
Huntington River Conservation Partnership: | 2016 | 20142013 | 2006 | 2004 |
Lake Iroquois Tributary Monitoring Program: | 20142013 | 2012 | 2011 |
LaPlatte Watershed Partnership: | 2016 |
               LaPlatte Watershed: |  2012 |  2011  |  2004-2010 |
               Thorp Brook, Kimball Brook, Holmes Creek Watershed:  |2013 | 2011 
               McCabes Brook: | 2014-2015 |
               LaPlatte River: | 2014-2015  | 2013 |
               Thorp Brook Kimball Brook:  |2014-2015
Memphremagog Watershed Association: | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 |
Northwoods Stewardship Center: | 2006 |
Missisquoi River Basin Association: | 2016 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2008 |
Ompompanoosuc Watershed Council: | 2015 | 2007 | 2006 |
Ottaquechee River Group: |  2016 | 2010-2015 | 2010 |
Poultney Mettowee Watershed Partnership: | 2016 | 2014 | 2013 | 2011 | 2010 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2004 |
Lake Rescue Association: | 2008
Seymour Lake Association: | 2009 | 2008 |
Stevens River Watershed Council: | 2007 | 2005
Upper Otter Creek Watershed Council: | 2016 | 2010 | 2007 | 2006 | 2004 |
Winooski Headwaters Partnership: | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2008 | 2007
Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance: | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006
White River Partnership: | 2016 | 2015 | 2011 | 2010 | 2008 | 2007

FAQs / ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Vermont Agricultural and Environmental Laboratory (VAEL)
Flow Observation GuidelinesExample flow observation photos.  Important reference for identifying flow level and flow category during sampling. 

Additional Proposal and QAPP Preparation Resources:

Vermont Assessment Page with Lists of Impaired and Priority Waters:
http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/map/assessment 

“Vermont Surface Water Assessment and Listing Methodology” 
http://dec.vermont.gov/sites/dec/files/wsm/mapp/docs/WSMD_assessmethod_2016.pdf

"Vermont Surface Water Management Strategy"
http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/map/strategy

“Vermont Volunteer Surface Water Monitoring Guide”
http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/lakes-ponds/monitor/lay-monitoring/monitoring-guide

EPA's “Volunteer Monitor's Guide to Quality Assurance Project Plans”
https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-06/documents/vol_qapp.pdf