PHOTOS: Looking at a bug’s life

Last modified: Thursday, January 30, 2014
Since 1995, the Upper Merrimack River Local Advisory Committee has been hosting Bug Night, where volunteers work to answer a looming question: How’s the water in the Merrimack River by way of bugs? The bugs show long-term water health of the river, said Michele Tremblay, chairwoman of the committee. People of all ages and backgrounds volunteer at Bug Night – which is held most Wednesdays during the winter at St. Paul’s School in Concord – working to count and identify roughly 60 families of aquatic insects found on the river, said Steve Landry, Merrimack watershed supervisor. The bug monitoring traces pollution in the river to its source and is a way for the community to take control of the environment, Tremblay said.