We here at ShoreRivers have an extensive monitoring program and includes water quality monitoring, submerged aquatic vegetation monitoring, bacteria monitoring, and enforcement. We monitor to gain a deeper understanding of what is happening in our rivers, why it might be happening, and how we improve the water quality in our rivers. Our data contributes to our advocacy, enforcement, restoration, and education efforts in our local communities. Monitoring and reporting is a way to give a voice to our local rivers. 

What do you monitor

ShoreRivers monitors water quality at nearly 200 stations throughout the Chester, Choptank, Miles-Wye, and Sassafras River watersheds. We evaluate the water for common indicators, including dissolved oxygen, nutrient pollution, algae, pH, and clarity. 

We have a Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) monitoring program where citizen scientists help our riverkeepers track the regrowth of underwater grasses in our rivers. 

We also monitor our shorelines and critical area as an effort to identify sources of sediment pollution and loss of riparian buffers.   

And our most popular monitoring is our #SwimmableShoreRivers Bacteria Monitoring Program through which we monitoring bacteria at local swimming spots on our rivers throughout the swimming season. 

Why do you monitor 

We are a science-based organization. Monitoring our rivers allows us to keep a pulse on the current conditions and trends of water quality and the health of our natural resources. Monitoring helps us identify pollution hot spots related to algae blooms, dead zones, bacteria, and sources of sediment pollution which then influences our restoration and advocacy efforts. 

We monitor our rivers because in some cases no one else is! We feel that the our communities and the public deserve to know the conditions of our waterways, and have the information readily available to make smart decisions about using our local waterways. 

And we also monitor our rivers because we know that when our communities are educated on the conditions of our rivers and the issues that impact them, they are more likely to act and engage in efforts that will improve water quality. We need everyone on board with cleaning up our rivers, and we need everyone to act and work together. 

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