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LaRosa Volunteer Monitoring

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

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 2018 sampling season is due by February 14, 2018
 

VIEW & EXPORT LAROSA DATA

FORMS AND TEMPLATES

EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS - (coming soon)

 

PARTNERS PAST & PRESENT

Current 2016 LaRosa Partners:

Addison County River Watch Collaborative
Black River Action Team
Connecticut River Watershed Council
Four Rivers Winooski Partnership
Franklin Watershed Committee
Friends of Mad River

Huntington River Conservation Partnership
Lake Iroquois Association
Memphremagog Watershed Association
Missisquoi River Basin Association
Ottaquechee River Group
Poultney Mettowee Watershed Partnership
Seymour Lake Association
South Chittenden River Watch/ LaPlatte Watershed Partnership
Rethink Runoff
Upper Otter Creek Watershed Council
Upper Winooski Joint Conservation Commissions
Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA)
White River Partnership
Williston Conservation Commission

Past LaRosa partners:

Calais Conservation Commission
Essex Waterways Association

Friends of Northern Lake Champlain
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
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: | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 |
Black River Action Team: | 2017 | 2016 | 2014 | 2013 |
Calais Conservation Commission: | 2005 |
Rethink Runoff Stream Team:  | 2017 | 2016 | 2015| 2013 | 2012 |
Essex Waterways Association: | 2006 |
Four Rivers Winooski Partnership: | 2017 | 2016 |  2015 | 2013
Franklin Watershed Committee: | 2017 | 20162015 | 2014 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 
Friends of Mad River: | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2012 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 |
Friends of Northern Lake Champlain:  | 2015 |
Huntington River Conservation Partnership: | 2016 | 20142013 | 2006 | 2004 |
Lake Iroquois Tributary Monitoring Program: | 20142013 | 2012 | 2011 |
LaPlatte Watershed Partnership: | 2017 |
               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: | 2017 | 20162015 | 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: | 20172010-2015 | 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: | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 2010 | 2007 | 2006 | 2004 |
Winooski Headwaters Partnership: | 2017 | 20162015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2008 | 2007
Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance: | 2017 | 20162015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2008 | 2007   | 2006
White River Partnership: | 2017 | 20162015 | 2011 | 2010 | 2008 | 2007

FAQs / ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Vermont Agricultural and Environmental Laboratory (VAEL)
US Geological Survey StreamStats
WikiWatershed: Freshwater Stewardship Web tools
Real Statistics using Excel
Flow Observation GuidelinesExample flow observation photos.  Important reference for identifying flow level and flow category during sampling. 

Additional Proposal and QAPP Preparation Resources: