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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory



Monitoring program names:
Marshall County RSVP Water Watchers

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):
Alabama Water Watch; Retired Senior Volunteer Program


Contact Information
Name:Marshall County RSVPStreet:1805 Gunter Avenue
City: GuntersvilleState: Alabama
Zip Code:35976Phone: 256-571-7734
Email:mcrsvp@mcrsvp.orgWeb site1:www.mcrsvp.org
Fax: 256-571-7775Web site2:


Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? No

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):75
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number: Students Number:

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $3,000 Year monitoring began: 1999

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal Government 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:
Marshall County Alabama

Program description:
This project is a joint partnership between:
Marshall County RSVP
Tennessee Valley Authority
Alabama Water Watch
Alabama Dept. of Environmental Management

Made possible by grants from the Corporation for National Service and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

18 stream teams consisting of from three to five members, monitor three stream sites once a month using the Lamotte water quality field test kit. The seven physical parameters monitored are: air temperature, water temperature, pH, hardness, alkalinity, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen. During the summer months, teams monitor for e. coli bacteria using the Easygel Coliscan method. Quarterly teams sample for nutrients: phosphorous and nitrates.

5 Enbayment teams monitor the five major watersheds that feed into Lake Guntersville. Teams go by boat to their sampling location. They measure air temperature and secchi disk depth, then using a submersible water canister gather water temperature and dissolved oxygen data using a depth profile method.

2 Biological Teams sample for benthic macroinvertebrates in streams.


Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Alkalinity, Dissolved Oxygen, Flow/Water level, Hardness, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Secchi transparency, Turbidity, Water temp.


Biological monitoring:
Fecal coliform, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:


Additional activities:
Photographic surveys

Restoration activities:




Data Uses
EducationOur program, Local government, State government, Federal government, University scientists
Advocacy 
Research Federal government
Community organizingLocal government
Screen for problemsLocal government, State government
Establish baseline conditionsState government, Federal government
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, Local government, State government, Federal government
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projects 
EnforcementLocal government
Legislation 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisoriesLocal government
State 305(b) report 
Other
 

 

 
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