RIFLS volunteers in communities across Massachusetts collect data and use those data to better understand their watershed. Being a RIFLS volunteer involves visiting a stream gage near you on a regular basis, reading and recording the water level, and submitting that data online. Over time, you may get involved in reviewing the collected data and using it to illustrate patterns in streamflow.

As a RIFLS volunteer, your level of involvement depends on your level of interest and that of the group you work with. Volunteers typically visit one or more stream gages once or more per week. We will train new volunteers in reading gages and are always available to discuss issues and concerns.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you can review the map here to see if there is an existing group in your area.

If you would like to start a new monitoring project, please contact us at 617-626-1533 or laila.parker@state.ma.us.