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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory



Monitoring program names:
Charles River Watershed Assoc. Monthly Monitoring Program (formerly IM3)

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



Contact Information
Name:Rebecca WickhamStreet:CRWA; 190 Park Road
City: WestonState: Massachusetts
Zip Code:02493Phone: 781-788-0007
Email:rwickham@crwa.orgWeb site1:http://www.charlesriver.org
Fax: 781-788-0057Web site2:


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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):70
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number: Students Number:

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

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal GovernmentX State Government Local Government
X FoundationsX 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?Yes

Counties in which you monitor:
Suffolk; Norfolk; Middlesex

Program description:
The Charles River Monthly Monitoring Project involves a network of approximately 70 trained volunteer water quality monitors who collect samples once per month at 35 locations along the river and tributaries. Begun in 1994, our program has created the longest running, most comprehensive data set for the Charles River watershed. The data are used widely by regulators, municipalities and students in tracking pollution as well as progress toward EPA’s goal of a fishable and swimmable Charles River by Earth Day 2010.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Flow/Water level, Rainfall, TSS/TDS, Water temp.


Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Chlorophyll

Exotic/Invasive Species:


Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Pipe surveys, Storm drain stenciling

Restoration activities:




Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
AdvocacyOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government
Research Our program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government, University scientists
Community organizingOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
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, University scientists
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government, University scientists
BMP evaluationOur program, Local government, State government, Federal government, University scientists
Land use decisions 
Watershed planningOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government, University scientists
Plan restoration projects 
EnforcementOur program, Local government, State government
LegislationOur program, State government, Federal government
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 
Other
 

 

 
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