Coronavirus update: The training for this activity will now be held virtually

The safety and health of our program participants, volunteers and staff is our utmost priority. HRWC supports national, state and local efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19.  

Therefore, we are postponing the Chemistry and Flow Monitoring Program 2020 season and currently targeting an early May program launch. However, that date may change as we continue to assess the evolving situation. Registered volunteers will be notified via email when HRWC finalizes the launch date and monitoring slots are open for sign-up. New volunteers are still welcome to sign up using the information below. 

We encourage each of you to determine what level of participation is best for you. If for any reason you wish to no longer participate or are simply unable to do sowe understand Please notify Andrea Paine at with any changes to your plans. All volunteering outings with the Chemistry and Flow Monitoring program take place outside in small groups of fewer than six people. Moving forward, we will communicate any changes and updates on the outings directly with those who signed up as the season progresses. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we adapt to this evolving situation. 

Help us monitor our region’s waters!



Enjoy being outdoors while measuring the quality of local rivers and creeks! Learn how to collect water samples, measure stream flow, and record water chemistry measurements. No prior experience needed. Volunteers are expected to commit to at least 8 sampling trips during the growing season (April through September) to designated monitoring sites in Livingston, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties. During each sampling trip, volunteers spend two hours in the field on average.

New participants must watch a one-hour, online orientation and register for the program. Click here to view the orientation. If you have not yet signed up for the program, click here to register. The online orientation is available for streaming anytime at your convenience prior to field training and covers all information to prepare you for participation in the program. If you have participated in the Chemistry and Flow Monitoring Program in 2018 or 2019, you are not required to attend an orientation, but must still register for the program as a returning volunteer.


See the project webpage or email Andrea at