The Ashuelot River Local Advisory Committee is gearing up for its 19th river monitoring season with a volunteer training session at Keene State Science Center Room 375, Tuesday, May 14, 6:30-8 p.m.

This is a hands-on experience in sampling techniques and use of monitoring equipment. Actual monitoring occurs monthly on selected Tuesdays, May through September. Volunteers must complete the training session to participate in the monitoring, but are not required to volunteer for all of the monitoring dates.

A river monitor gets to learn more about the health of the Ashuelot River. Participants will test for E. coli, total phosphorus, chloride, pH, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen (DO), temperature and turbidity. The program is sponsored by the Ashuelot River Local Advisory Committee with NHDES and the local support of Keene State College, local Conservation Commissions, and EAI Analytical Labs.

Information gathered is shared with local authorities, the N.H. Department of Environmental Services and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and is considered significant data in assessing water quality on the Ashuelot.

Registration is requested. Contact Barbara Skuly at 352-0987, or

The Local Advisory Committees in New Hampshire are created as a provision of the N.H. Rivers Management and Protection Program. The Ashuelot River has been part of the protection program since 1993. Information: