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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory


Addison County River Watch Collaborative
Monitoring program names:
Addison County River Watch Collaborative

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):
River Network


Contact Information
Name:Sheila SchwaneflugelStreet:17 Four Winds Road
City: FerrisburghState: Vermont
Zip Code:05456Phone: 802-877-0054
Email:schwaneflugel@surfglobal.netWeb site1:http://
Fax: 802-877-0054Web site2:


Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? Yes

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):45
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number: Students Number:

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $22,000 Year monitoring began: 1992

Sources of funding or in-kind support
x Federal Governmentx State Governmentx Local Government
Foundationsx Businesses Memberships
x Donationsx Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?Yes Is it state-approved?Yes
EPA-approved? Yes

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?Yes

Counties in which you monitor:
2

Program description:
ACRWC citizen monitoring efforts concentrate on the watersheds in the Otter Creek Basin, known as Vermont Basin 3, that drains a large portion of the middle Champlain Valley in Vermont. The Otter Creek watershed is predominately forested and agricultural with urban/residential and industrial areas. The study area includes municiple and industrial WWTP's and power generation dams. The streams are valued and used by local residents and tourists for boating, swimming and fishing. Volunteers collect samples to measure TP and TN concentrations at 12 sites weekly during spring high-water events. Summer sampling focuses on TP, TN and E.coli during five events between June and August, A total of 55 sites are monitored during this period. ACRWC believes that keeping ongoing records of water quality measures is necessary to creat a profile of the status of these rivers and to understand how changes in agricultural, residential, industrial or recreational uses may affect them. ACRWC publishes an annual data report which is distributed to local and state goverment agencies, regional planning commissions, local conservation commissions, area colleges and high schools, libraries,interested landowners, businesses and citizens.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Flow/Water level, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Water temp.


Biological monitoring:
Fecal coliform

Exotic/Invasive Species:


Additional activities:
Human use surveys, Land use surveys, Restoration, Stream channel morphology

Restoration activities:




Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
AdvocacyOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Research  
Community organizingOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government
Screen for problemsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisionsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Watershed planningNon-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Plan restoration projectsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Enforcement 
Legislation 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisoriesOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government
State 305(b) reportOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Other
 

 

 
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