Do you love the water and want to help protect it? Buzzards Bay Coalition suggests volunteering as a Baywatcher this summer. The coalition is looking for dedicated volunteers to help monitor the health of local waterways across the region from Dartmouth to Falmouth.

The coalition is in need of volunteer Baywatchers in the following locations:

Dartmouth: Paskamansett River, Salters Pond, Apponagansett Bay

Fairhaven: Nasketucket River, Little Bay

New Bedford: Clarks Cove and New Bedford Harbor

Falmouth: Megansett Harbor, Rands Harbor, Fiddlers Cove, West Falmouth Harbor, Mashapaquit Creek, Quissett Harbor

Bourne: Phinneys Harbor, Eel Pond, Little Bay, Hen Cove

Wareham: Weweantic River, Agawam River, Broadmarsh River, Little Harbor, Shell Point Bay

Marion: Aucoot Cove, Sippican Harbor, Blankenship Cove

Mattapoisett: Brandt Island Cove, Mattapoisett River, Eel Pond, Aucoot Cove

The Baywatchers program is the largest volunteer-based coastal monitoring effort in New England. Through the Baywatchers program, the coalition monitors all of Buzzards Bay's major rivers, coves and harbors — an area covering more than one-quarter of the Massachusetts coast. The data collected through the Baywatchers program form the foundation of the Coalition's efforts to restore and protect Buzzards Bay.

Baywatchers volunteer approximately one morning per week from May to September at a designated location in their community. Using a water testing kit, Baywatchers collect samples and measure salinity, temperature, water clarity and dissolved oxygen at the site. Baywatchers receive training prior to volunteering and do not need a science background.

If you’re interesting in becoming a Baywatcher, contact Director of Monitoring Programs Tony Williams at (508) 999-6363 ext. 203 or williams@savebuzzardsbay.org. For more information about the Baywatchers program, visit savebuzzardsbay.org/baywatchers.