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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory


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Monitoring program names:
Flathead Basin Commission
Volunteer Monitor Program

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



Contact Information
Name:Mark Holston Street:19 Second Street East; Suite C
City: KalispellState: Montana
Zip Code:59901-Phone: 406 752-0081
Email:fbc@mt.gov Web site1:http://flatheadbasincommission.org/
Fax: 406 752-0095Web site2:


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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):50
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $5000 Year monitoring began: 1992

Sources of funding or in-kind support
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?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 Flathead Basin Commission has the oldest and largest volunteer monitoring program in Montana. We monitor over 30 lakes, including Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the U.S. west of the Mississippi, and several lakes in Glacier National Park. We add new lakes to the program annually.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, Water temp.


Biological monitoring:
Chlorophyll

Exotic/Invasive Species:


Additional activities:


Restoration activities:




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

 

 
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