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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Centre County Technical School
Environmental Science Stream Monitoring Program

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

Contact Information
Name:George R. VanoviakStreet:540 N. Harrison Rd.
City: Pleasant GapState: Pennsylvania
Zip Code:16823-Phone: 814 359-2793
Email:Web site1:http://
Fax: -Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):0
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:1 Students Number:30

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $500 Year monitoring began: 1995

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:
Centre County Technical School students monitor streams and a lake within Centre County for typical abiotic and biotic factors and surrounding land-use within the watershed.

Environments monitored:
Land, Reservoir, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Alkalinity, Conductivity, Hydrocarbons, Nitrogen, pH, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Fish, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Phytoplankton, Terrestrial vegetation, Wildlife

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Land use surveys

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationLocal government
Research Local government, State government
Community organizing 
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditions 
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planningLocal government
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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