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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Ark-Tex Council of Governments

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

Contact Information
Name:Diane Atkinson Street:P.O. Box 5307
City: TexarkanaState: Texas
Zip Code:75505-5307Phone: 903 832-8636
Email:atkinson@cleaf.comWeb site1:http://
Fax: 903 832-3441Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):20
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:8 Students Number:160

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $8000 Year monitoring began: 1994

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal GovernmentX State GovernmentX Local Government
X Foundations Businesses Memberships
Donations 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?No

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Ark-Tex Council of Governments monitors in the Sulphur, Cypress, and Red River Basins. We are establishing baseline parameters and looking for any trouble spots that are not currently being monitored. Some groups are also incorporating Rapid Bioassessment Monitoring into their programs.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, Hardness, Nitrogen, pH, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Debris monitoring

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
AdvocacyOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Community organizingOur program
Screen for problemsOur program, State government
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, State government
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, State government
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planningOur program
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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