Location: Westport, CT
Clean water is critically important to the health of people and ecosystems. Harbor Watch is a water quality monitoring program based at Earthplace, The Nature Discovery and Environmental Learning Center in Westport, CT. Their mission is to provide the people of Connecticut with the data, knowledge, and field expertise necessary to safeguard local waterways, educate citizens about watershed issues, and train volunteers and student interns through hands-on research. In 2016, Harbor Watch will conduct weekly to biweekly shoreline surveys of stormwater discharge outfalls and waterways flowing into Long Island Sound and its tributaries for bacteria and physical variables. When high bacterial counts are detected, Harbor Watch will notify the appropriate local municipal agency (e.g., health and public works departments) and assist them with locating the exact source of the contamination so remediation actions can be quickly taken.