Progress / Science

Getting the Most Out of Local Water Quality Monitoring

Finding regional hot spots and concentrating local water quality monitoring in tributaries were some of the suggestions made at a recent Clean Water Advisory Committee meeting at the Rutland Regional Planning Commission. According to Addison River Watch Collaborative Director, Matt Witten, data from streams are proving be more useful than that from the mainstem of Otter Creek because data there haven’t changed much over the years. The Addison group has been monitoring Otter Creek for 25 years.

The committee also discussed continuity issues with local testing when it’s not continued from year to year; difficulty with securing funding and finding volunteers; state lab capacity; and not testing for both high and low water flow regimes.

The Town of Chittenden informed the Clean Water Advisory Committee that it has budgeted $7,000 per year since 2015 to conduct its own water testing. The committee suggested to VDEC Watershed Planner Angie Allen that to help find these regional hot spots, all towns should be testing their waters and some may need financial assistance.