DMR Public Health Volunteer Programs

volunteer taking sampleThanks to all of our volunteers for your help and support!

DMR protects public health by monitoring coastal water quality and toxic phytoplankton in all shellfish harvesting areas. Water quality data are needed to regulate shellfish growing areas to ensure that only pollution-free areas are open to harvesting. Water samples are collected monthly from January through December. Phytoplankton volunteers collect water samples in the spring, summer, and fall using light microscopes to identify toxic phytoplankton species. Volunteers work independently after receiving training and equipment needed to collect samples.

Volunteer Application and Waiver

Growing Area Program: Water Quality

Growing Area Program: Biotoxin