Earthplace Harbor Watch

Harbor Watch on FacebookThrough its water quality monitoring activities the Harbor Watch (HW) Program seeks to help protect and restore the biological integrity of the Long Island Sound and its watershed. The program began in 1986 initially as a citizen’s monitoring program which gathered data on hypoxic conditions in our local harbors. The program was formally incorporated into the Earthplace programs in 1993 as Harbor Watch / River Watch.

Since then, HW has greatly expanded its water quality testing and monitoring services to include local rivers, harbors and the Long Island Sound. HW maintains two CT state certified bacteria laboratories to support its testing and monitoring efforts and has several EPA-approved Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs) to guide and to assure the collection of high quality data. The objective of HW is to increase watershed literacy and encourage environmental stewardship for both students and community volunteers who participate in the program.

Volunteer and education programs include the Environmental Education Student Internship Program, the Senior Internship Program and summer volunteering.

HW Staff Title Email Ext  
Dick Harris Harbor Watch Director 121  
Peter Fraboni Associate Director 110  
Nikki Cantatore Lab Director 120  
Josh Cooper Coastal Ecology Technician 120  

Dick Harris, Nikki Cantatore, Josh Cooper and Peter Fraboni

Water Quality Workshop


New Dates!
Saturdays, March, 8, 15, 22 

$45 for students, $90 for members and $100 for non-members
Fee includes handout materials and refreshments
For participants age 14 and up

Through hands-on water testing, participants in this three-part workshop will be introduced to the various ways water quality is viewed and evaluated.  The program will focus on the correct procedure for sampling water and the proper techniques for measuring various elements of water health.  Ultimately, participants will learn how field measurements lead to the understanding and detecting of pollution.  This workshop is ideal for teachers who would like to include the topic of aquatic biology into their curriculum.

An optional class will be offered on March 29, focusing on macro-invertebrates. 


Handout materials and refreshments will be provided. Click here to register ( students please email Sara or call 203.557.4400 ext. 101 for registration information)