Water Quality Monitoring

HVA started its water quality monitoring program in the Berkshires in 2001 in the East Branch of the Housatonic River by conducting a chemical water quality analysis program. From then until 2007, HVA Berkshire volunteers expanded the program and conducted monthly monitoring for five months each year on the West and Southwest branches of the river, plus sites in Lenox, Lee and Stockbridge. In 2006, HVA also added sites in Great Barrington and Sheffield for a total of 30 monitoring sites all the way down to the Connecticut border.

A biological monitoring program has recently been initiated in the Massachusetts watershed. In 2013, we will collect benthic macro invertebrates at eight representative sites, and in 2014, we will monitor nine sites.

Water quality monitoring is also active in Connecticut and the New York State section of the Housatonic River Watershed. Eventually, the program will expand to the entire Housatonic River from the source to the Sound and include its major tributaries. For information on joining these teams, click here.

Check out the completed water quality monitoring reports.

Other parts of HVA's water protection program include in-school, hands-on Macroinvertebrate (aquatic insects) Collection programs.


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