All of our programs are organized and carried out by our volunteers. By joining the Friends, your contribution to our operating funds allows us to equip and operate our laboratory, produce educational materials and programs, and keep you and the public informed about our activities and the health of the river.
Become a Monitor
The “backbone” of the Friends of the Shenandoah River (FOSR) Water Monitor Program is our monitors. Twice a month, over 80 dedicated monitors take approximately 150 water samples covering 7 counties in the Shenandoah Valley. Each county has a lead monitor who is responsible for training new monitors, coordinating sampling dates and providing updated information from the FOSR lab. If you would like to become a part of the FOSR monitoring team in your area, please contact the following lead monitor:
Clarke County (FOSR) – Terry Lay, 540-955-4895
Page County (FOSR) – Charlie Newton, 540-778-5400
Warren County (FOSR) – no current lead monitor, contact Karen Andersen, 540-665-1286
Frederick County (FOSR) – Karen Andersen, 540-665-1286
Shenandoah County, Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River – Roger Bolland, 540-459-8550
“Three Rivers Monitors” (North, South, and Middle Rivers):
Paul Bugas 540-248-9371 and Bruce Wiggins 540-568-6196, Page and Augusta Counties
FOSR invites all citizens who are concerned about the Shenandoah River to become a river monitor.