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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory



Monitoring program names:
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Volunteer Monitoring Program

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


Contact Information
Name:Steve HansonStreet:3150 NW 229th Ave.; Suite 150
City: HillsboroState: Oregon
Zip Code:97124Phone: 503.693.5737
Email:hanson.steve@deq.state.or.usWeb site1:http://www.deq.state.or.us/lab/wqm/volmonitoring.htm
Fax: 503.693.4999Web site2:http://www.deq.state.or.us/lab/wqm/volmonresources.htm


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

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

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 1997

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?Yes Is it state-approved?Yes
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:
Most Oregon Counties

Program description:
There is one full-time staff person designated as Volunteer Monitoring Coordinator. The Coordinator works in the Water Quality Monitoring Section of the Laboratory and Environmental Assessment Division of the Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality. Water quality monitoring equipment is distributed to volunteer groups, usually watershed councils, after they have completed a quality assurance plan and participated in a training conducted by the volunteer monitoring coordinator. Data collected with the equipment is public information and is submitted to the Coordinator.


Environments monitored:
Estuary, Lake or Pond, Reservoir, River or Stream, Wetland

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, Flow/Water level, pH, Salinity, Secchi transparency, Turbidity, Water temp., Modified EMAP protocols for wadeable streams


Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Terrestrial vegetation

Exotic/Invasive Species:


Additional activities:
Stream channel morphology

Restoration activities:




Data Uses
EducationNon-governmental community organizations
AdvocacyNon-governmental community organizations
Research Non-governmental community organizations, Local government
Community organizingNon-governmental community organizations, State government
Screen for problemsNon-governmental community organizations
Establish baseline conditionsNon-governmental community organizations, State government
Nonpoint source assessmentNon-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
BMP evaluationNon-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Land use decisionsNon-governmental community organizations, Local government
Watershed planningNon-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Plan restoration projectsNon-governmental community organizations, Local government
Enforcement 
Legislation 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) reportState government
Other
 

 

 
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