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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory



Monitoring program names:
Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association

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


Contact Information
Name:Denise PoyerStreet:203 Arcadia Road
City: Hope ValleyState: Rhode Island
Zip Code:02832Phone: 401-539-9017
Email:denisepoyer@gmail.comWeb site1:http://www.wpwa.org
Fax: Web site2:


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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):40
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:4 Students Number:200

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $10,000 Year monitoring began: 1983

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State Governmentx Local Government
x Foundations Businessesx Memberships
x Donations Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:

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?Yes

Counties in which you monitor:
Washington; RI; New London; CT

Program description:
Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association (WPWA), through the URI Cooperative Extension Watershed Watch program, monitors the water quality of over 40 sites on ponds, lakes, rivers and streams in the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed of southern RI and south eastern CT. WPWA funds the cost of laboratory analysis for bacteria, nutrients, pH, chloride, chlorophyl, ca, DO and clarity measurements. We also help to recruit, train, manage and recognize all the volunteers involved with monitoring, working closely with URI Watershed Watch.
In addition we monitor maximum daily stream temperatures on several streams in the watershed, conduct macroinvertebrate sampling, fish assemblage sampling, and habitat assessments. These sites are determined on a yearly basis depending on projects that may have environmental impacts.
We also do assessment and control of purple loosestrife on the two major rivers in the watershed.


Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Chloride, Dissolved Oxygen, Flow/Water level, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Salinity, Secchi transparency, Water temp.


Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Bacteria, Chlorophyll, Fecal coliform, Fish, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:
Purple loosestrife

Additional activities:
Restoration

Restoration activities:
fish passage, stream bank stabilization



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

 

 
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