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Maine Shore Steward Volunteers - Clean Water Monitoring Role Description


Clean Water Monitoring


Volunteers are members of quality monitoring groups from Kittery to Calais (approximately 1,000 volunteers).


The Clean Water program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension was established in 1988, and provides organizational and technical support to water quality monitoring groups.


Membership is open to anyone with an interest in Maine’s Marine Environment and with independent and reliable characteristics.


The Clean Water program builds on the strengths of communities by providing water quality and marine resources and assisting with environmental issues. Citizens involved in the program are able to make their communities stronger by working collaboratively on marine environment projects. Volunteers increase their knowledge and continue to be stewards of their coastal waters. Water Quality groups study the health of estuarine water by monitoring for dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH, salinity, and fecal coliform bacteria.

Time Commitment

Clean Water volunteers make their own commitment to their chosen project. It is their responsibility to set goals and follow through on them. 


The Clean Water program works in partnership with the Maine State Planning Office Partners in Monitoring Program and the Maine Department of Marine Resources.


  • UMaine Extension as a resource and network
  • Connection and group project work with other trained Clean Water Monitors
  • Professional development and leadership opportunities


Esperanza Stancioff, Water Quality Biologist
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Knox and Lincoln Counties Office
377 Manktown Road
Waldoboro, Maine 04572-0309
1-800-244-2104 (in Maine) or (207) 832-0343

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