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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Save Our Streams

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

Contact Information
Name:Amy Schnappinger Street:258 Scotts Manor Dr.
City: Glen BurnieState: Maryland
Zip Code:21061-Phone: 410 969-0084 800 448 5826
Email:info@saveourstreams.orgWeb site1:
Fax: 410 969-0135Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):2500
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $70000 Year monitoring began: 1970

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal GovernmentX State Government Local Government
X FoundationsX Businesses 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:

Program description:
The Adopt-A-Stream program provides fun, easy, and educational stream projects. The activities are designed to allow volunteers to monitor their stream and their watershed to create restoration plans. Projects include water quality assessment, stream and watershed surveys, stream cleanup, tree planting, and storm drain painting.

Environments monitored:
Land, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
pH, Rainfall, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Construction site inspections, Debris cleanup, Human use surveys, Land use surveys, Pipe surveys, Restoration, Storm drain stenciling

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
AdvocacyNon-governmental community organizations
Community organizingOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditions 
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projectsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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