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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory


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Monitoring program names:
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Hoosier Riverwatch

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



Contact Information
Name:Lisa Ritter-McMahane Street:Harrison State Park; NREC5785 Glenn Road
City: IndianapolisState: Indiana
Zip Code:42616-1066Phone: 317-541-0617
Email:riverwatch@dnr.in.govWeb site1:www.hoosierriverwatch.com
Fax: 317-562-0790Web site2:


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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):1500
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:150 Students Number:2000

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $55000 Year monitoring began: 1996

Sources of funding or in-kind support
x Federal GovernmentX State Government Local Government
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? Yo

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?Yes

Counties in which you monitor:


Program description:
Riverwatch is a statewide volunteer water quality monitoring and Adopt-A-River program. We train adult volunteers to monitor river and stream water quality through physical, biological, and chemical testing. These adult trainers then train other community members and students. In the Adopt-A-River component of the program, we recognize and support volunteers who adopt a section of stream bank and conduct several cleanups each year.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Dissolved Oxygen, Flow/Water level, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Turbidity, Water temp.


Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Fecal coliform, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:


Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Storm drain stenciling, Stream channel morphology

Restoration activities:




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

 

 
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