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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory


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Monitoring program names:
Greater Springfield Area Riverwatch

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



Contact Information
Name:David J. StierStreet:Springfield Science Museum
236 State St.
City: SpringfieldState: Massachusetts
Zip Code:01103-Phone: 413 263-6800 321
Email:Web site1:http://
Fax: 413 263-6884Web site2:


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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):35
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $4000 Year monitoring began: 1990

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State Government Local Government
FoundationsX Businesses Memberships
X Donations Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:grants

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

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:
Greater Springfield Area Riverwatch volunteers monitor water quality of the Connecticut River and all tributary watersheds in the Greater Springfield area. We have begun a pilot program to work with all 2000 eighth-graders in Springfield schools on issues concerning the Mill River watershed, using classroom presentations and field trips.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, Hardness, Hydrocarbons, pH, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, Turbidity, Water temp.


Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:


Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Storm drain stenciling

Restoration activities:




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

 

 
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