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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory


Watershed Land Trust Adopt-A-Wetland, Stream or Buffer Program
Monitoring program names:
Adopt-A-Wetland, Stream, or Buffer Program
Watershed Land Trust

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


Contact Information
Name:Frank Austenfeld, Executive DirectorStreet:7211 w. 98th terr.; #140
City: Overland ParkState: Michigan
Zip Code:66212Phone: 913-685-4600
Email:frank@watershedinstitute.bizWeb site1:http://www.WatershedLandTrust.biz
Fax: Web site2:http://www.watershedinstitute.biz/Watershed_Land_Trust_local_chapter.html


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

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

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $Est. $50,000 Year monitoring began: 2004

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

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?Yes Is it state-approved?No
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:
Nationwide

Program description:
The Watershed Land Trust (WLT) invites local groups to become a local affiliate of the WLT. This program
is geared toward, but not necessarily limited to, environmental and science minded students interested in
land stewardship. This program is similar to an enrichment program with a focus on the sciences. Through
this program, the local affiliate will be classified as a watershed group with the guidance of the WLT. The
watershed group would have the opportunity to work within the Adopt-a-Wetland, Adopt-a-Stream, and
Adopt-a-Riparian Buffer programs with the WLT. Opportunities will also be available for Steam Cleans and
other service-hour related type functions and community events. We may even be able to raise funding for
special events/projects including restoration opportunities with the guidance of the WLT.

This program is specifically designed for science students at the middle school, high school, and college
levels. Other civic groups are invited as well. Many thanks go out to the other environmental organization's
and agency's Adopt-A-Wetland programs for their hard work and efforts in establishing similar protocol.


Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, Land, Reservoir, River or Stream, Wetland

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Chloride, Dissolved Oxygen, Flow/Water level, Nitrogen, pH, Pesticides, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Toxicity, Turbidity, Water temp.


Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Fish, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Terrestrial vegetation, Wildlife, Exotic / Invasive species

Exotic/Invasive Species:


Additional activities:
Construction site inspections, Debris cleanup, Debris monitoring, Photographic surveys, Restoration, Stream channel morphology

Restoration activities:




Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government, University scientists
Advocacy 
Research Our program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government, University scientists
Community organizingOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government, University scientists
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government, University scientists
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government, University scientists
BMP evaluationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government, University scientists
Land use decisionsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government, University scientists
Watershed planningOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government, University scientists
Plan restoration projectsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government, University scientists
EnforcementOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government, University scientists
Legislation 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 
Other
 

 

 
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