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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Housatonic Valley Association
Monitoring program names:
Housatonic River Water Quality Monitoring
Flow Monitoring

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

Contact Information
Name:Dennis Regan, Carolyn SibnerStreet:
City: South LeeState: Massachusetts
Zip Code:01260Phone: 413-394-9796
Email:ma@hvatoday.orgWeb site1:
Fax: 413-394-9818Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):26
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:7 Students Number:~150 per year

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $$30,000 Year monitoring began: 2001

Sources of funding or in-kind support
x Federal Governmentx State Government Local Government
x Foundations 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?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:

Program description:
Here in Massachusetts, HVA's monitoring program focuses on the Housatonic River and its main tributaries. Volunteers monitor their sites monthly from April through October. The parameters most frequently monitored include fecal coliform bacteria, E-coli, nitrate-nitrogen, total suspended solids, temperature, dissolved oxygen, ph and alkalinity.
The headwaters have been monitored for 4-5 years now, and in 2005 we added sites in Lenox, Lee and Stockbridge. In 2006 we will add sites in Great Barrington and Sheffield, so the entire watershed in Massachusetts will be monitored by the end of 2006.
We have also done some benthic macroinvertebrate sampling with school children in Pittsfield and Lee, some storm drain monitoring in Lanesborogugh, MA, and we will soon start monitoring for optical brighteners to help us track sources of bacteria.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Alkalinity, Dissolved Oxygen, Flow/Water level, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, TSS/TDS, Water temp., optical brighteners

Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Fecal coliform, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, E-coli bacteria

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Pipe surveys, Storm drain stenciling, Storm drain awareness with local schoolchildren and waterfront property owners.

Restoration activities:
Planting streamside vegetative buffers.

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Community organizing 
Screen for problemsOur program, Local government
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Local government, State government, Federal government
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, Local government
BMP evaluationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government
Land use decisionsOur program
Watershed planningOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Plan restoration projectsOur program
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisoriesOur program
State 305(b) reportOur program, State government


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