Volunteer River Monitoring

Program (VRMP)

Introduction | History | Contacts | Publications | Data | Links


In 2009, the DEP launched a statewide volunteer river monitoring program (VRMP). The VRMP is a network of volunteer groups participating in quality-assured river and stream sampling. The program operates under a program-level Quality Assurance Program Plan (QAPP). Individual volunteer groups develop Sampling and Analysis plans to tailor the program-level QAPP to their specific project goals. As part of the program, VRMP staff provide annual trainings and certification, guidance about data quality objectives, technical support and assistance, data storage in DEP's Environmental and Geographic Analysis Database (EGAD), and annual reports.


DEP began work to establish a statewide volunteer monitoring program in 2004 because of the lack of standardization among volunteer monitoring groups and centralized access to data. In addition, a 2007 report assessed the need for a statewide citizen-based monitoring program and demonstrated the benefits of such an initiative. If you would like a copy of this report, "Citizen Stewardship and Monitoring for Clean Water in Maine", please contact program staff.

Program Contact

Kristin Feindel (Program Coordinator) - (207) 215-3461
Volunteer River Monitoring Program
Maine DEP
17 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0017

VRMP Publications




Current Volunteer Groups

Contact your local volunteer group to get involved. Field sampling is generally June-September.

Androscoggin River Watershed Council:
Upper Androscoggin and Tributaries
Contact: Becky Secrest (207) 318-4217

Friends of Merrymeeting Bay
Lower Androscoggin River, Lower Kennebec River, Merrymeeting Bay
Contact: Ed Friedman

Friends of Scarborough Marsh
Scarborough Marsh Tributaries
Contact: Greg Bither

Mousam and Kennebunk Rivers Alliance
Kennebunk and Mousam Rivers and Tributaries
Contact: Betsy Smith

Presumpscot Regional Land Trust
Presumpscot River and Tributaries, Stroudwater River
Contact: Toby Jacobs

Rockport Conservation Commission
Rockport Harbor and Tributaries
Contact: Bob Kennedy

Weskeag River Monitoring Project
Weskeag River and Tributaries
Contact: Theo Pratt