SAVE THAT DATE!
The next ARM sampling event is Sunday, April 3, 2016
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer sampler, or if you have any questions about ARM, please contact the ARM statewide coordinator Travis Drury at tdrury[at]umass[dot]edu or by phone at (413) 545-5979.
Stream Lists, with site location directions are available in pdf map files below:
- Berkshire County
- Bristol County
- Essex County
- Franklin County
- Hampden County
- Hampshire County
- Middlesex County
- Norfolk County
- Plymouth County
- Worcester North County
- Worcester South County
- ALL SITES with coordinates, .xls file
- If sampling by a bridge, try to collect sample upstream of the bridge.
- If you can do so safely, wade into stream, walking upstream. Take sample upstream of your body. For lakes, sample at dam or shore.
- Uncap bottle, fill it partly, cover with cap, shake to rinse inside bottle and cap, and empty behind you.
- Repeat twice (rinse 3 times)
- Then completely immerse bottle in water, let it fill completely, and cap under water.
- Put in cooler with ice or frozen ice pack.
- Fill out field data sheet with your name, date and time of sampling, and samples taken.
- Deliver to lab and sign bottom of field data sheet at that time.
Downloadable Forms and Letters
Analysis Method for pH and alkalinity - Care and maintenance of electrodes
Contact: Robert Caron
Phone Number: (508) 241-1576
1435 Main Road
Drop-off times: after 8AM Sunday April 3, 2016. Call if other arrangements need to be made.
Contact: Cathy Wilkins
Phone Number: (413) 337-5717
7 Underwood Hill Rd Heath.
Drop-off times: Sunday April 3, 2016. Cooler will be left on porch. Alternatively, samples may be left at Françoise’s house in Greenfield: 63 Washington St,
Contact: Travis Drury
Phone Number: (413) 545-5979
5 Goessman Hall
Amherst, MA 01003
Map of campus
Drop off Times: before 5pm Sunday April 3, 2016. There will be a cooler outside of the lab.
Southern Hampshire and part of Worcester County
Contact: Mark Putnam
Phone Number: (413) 323-6921 ext. 406
MWRA Quabbin Lab
485 Ware Road
Belchertown, MA 01007
Route 9 to 485 Ware Road. Brick building. Go to front door. Lab is upstairs.
Drop off Times: By 1pm Sunday April 3, 2015
Contact: Sue Tower
Phone Number: (413) 310-3515
West Parish Filters
1515 Granville Road
Westfield, MA 01085
Directions: MA-10 S/US-202 S/Massachusetts Rte 10 S. Drive to Granville Rd.
Drop off times: Springfield Water and Sewer Comission - By 3pm Sunday April 3, 2015
Contact: Carmen DeFillippo
Phone Number: (978) 433-9859
47 Nashua Rd.
PO Box 319
In Pepperell, follow Rte 111 North after split from Rte 122 for about 1 1/4 mile or less. Sign for WWTP on right. Follow road to end, cross at four way stop and enter driveway. Lab is in building straight ahead.
Drop off Times: 7:30 - 10:30am Sunday, April 3, 2015
Contact: Laurissa Gulich, UMass Boston
Phone Number: (781)775-1827
100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125
Directions: Call Laurissa to coordinate drop-off time and place.
Contact: David Bennett
Phone Number: (978) 827-7065 (978-827-7063 home)
Joseph R. Curry Academic Center
Ashburnham, MA 01430
Please deliver your samples to: Room 105, Joseph Curry Academic Center, which is the first building on the left on Academy Street.
Drop off Times: 12-3pm (if earlier, there will be a tub outside the lab door) Sunday April 3, 2015
Contact: Peter Mathisen
Phone Number: (508) 799-1513
Worcester Water Filtration Plant
71 Stonehouse Hill Rd.
Directions:Take MassPike West to exit 10 (Auburn). After the toll, stay in the left lane and take Rt. 290 East to exit 17 (Rt. 9). Turn left at end of ramp. This is Belmont St., which changes to Highland at the 2nd light. Go straight through 7 sets of lights, you will come to a rotary. Follow signs for the Worcester Airport (2nd right out of rotary, Pleasant St.) At 3rd set of lights turn right onto Mower St., go 0.2 miles and bear right at the fork onto Olean St. Travel 1.2 miles and plant entrance is on right. Take the FIRST left to the treatment plant.
Drop-off times: by 2pm Sunday April 3, 2015
Lake and Stream Sensitivity Explained
How aquatic environments respond to acid deposition depends on their sensitivity to acids and the quantity of acids received. Most environments are naturally buffered against acid input by neutralizing materials such as limestone. If sufficient buffering capacity exists in an environment, excessive acid input does not change the pH of the water, although it will progressively deplete its acid neutralizing capacity (ANC). The soils, bedrock, and vegetation of watersheds largely determine the capacity of aquatic resources to accommodate acid deposition, but other factors play an important role. Acid neutralizing capacity can have its full effect only when the incoming precipitation has sufficient contact time with the neutralizing material. Areas with steep slopes, shallow soils or frozen ground tend to minimize contact time, resulting in incomplete neutralization of water entering lakes and streams. Additional neutralization is provided by the biota. For example, algae generate buffering materials during photosynthesis, and microbes living in bottom sediments reduce sulfur compounds to inert forms.ANC and pH interact in an unusual way: as acid is added to a buffered system, pH changes little until the ANC approaches zero. Then, small additions of acid cause large changes in pH. Finally, pH drops precipitously and permanently to levels that few aquatic organisms can tolerate.
With lower pH, levels of toxic metals leached from the watershed increase, aquatic growth is reduced, and sensitive species ranging from fish to algae disappear. If this occurs in a drinking water supply, metals will dissolve from distribution pipes resulting in high levels of iron, copper, lead and other metals.
|Category||Acid Neutralizing Capacity (mg/l)|
|Acidified||≤0 and pH≤5.0|
|Critical||0 - 2 or <0 and pH≥5.0|
|Endangered||2 - 5|
|Highly Sensitive||5 - 10|
|Sensitive||10 - 20|