Beach Risks Observed by Volunteer Groups

Purpose

To inform the public when data and observations from approved volunteer partners and RIDOH’s own water samples from non-licensed beaches indicate that risks to public health are present at beaches and other coastal swimming areas in Rhode Island.

Volunteer Partners

  • Clean Ocean Access conducts water quality monitoring every Thursday, year-round, at many coastal recreational sites on and near Aquidneck Island. Their Community Access Volunteer web page and annual report describe survey methods, provide a complete list of sample sites, and reports test results.
  • Save the Bay  collects weekly water quality samples at several upper Narragansett Bay sites that are analyzed at the State Health Laboratory. The test results are reported directly to the RIDOH Beach Monitoring Program.
  • URI Watershed Watch  provides local communities with credible information to help them manage their water resources. Details, including monitoring and analytical methods, sites and data can be found at https://uriwatershedwatch-uri.hub.arcgis.com/.

Key Information

Reporting water quality risk information from volunteer partners’ monitoring programs is consistent with RIDOH’s Beach Monitoring Program. If you have any questions about an item listed below, use the contact information associated with the information or go to the volunteer partner’s website.

Collection Period

Beach season 2021.

Rhode Island Numbers

Beach Risk Information from Volunteer Monitoring for Rhode Island Recreational Waters.

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Information is reported by approved volunteer partners. RIDOH cannot endorse/verify specific observations.