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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory



Monitoring program names:
Rhode Island Chapter Blue Water Task Force

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


Contact Information
Name:Lauren RussoStreet:
City: State: Rhode Island
Zip Code:Phone: 401-787-6686
Email:LSRusso@gmail.comWeb site1:http://www.risurfrider.org/
Fax: Web site2:


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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):27
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number: Students Number:

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 2000

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State Government Local Government
Foundations BusinessesX Memberships
X DonationsX Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?Yes Is it state-approved?Yes
EPA-approved? Yes

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?yes

Counties in which you monitor:
Washington and Newport

Program description:
Rhode Island Surfrider Foundation's Blue Water Task Force collects water samples for bacterial analysis on a monthly basis. Year round volunteers collect samples from fourteen popular recreational areas throughout Rhode Island. Once collected, samples are sent to the University of Rhode Island's Watershed Watch laboratory, where they are analyzed for traces of Fecal Coliform and Enterococcus bacteria

Data collected through this program is used to determine pollution patterns and to inform local citizens and officials about the water quality of the Rhode Island coastline. Water quality results are available on the Rhode Island Surfrider Foundation website, Rhode Island Department of Health website, National Surfrider Foundation website and at local surf shops. To view results, visit: http://www.uri.edu/ce/wq/ww/data/07Bact_SR.pdf.

Because of the generous support provided by the Forrest and Frances Lattner Foundation, Rhode Island Surfrider has been able to expand its testing range and frequency over the last several years. On a larger scale, Rhode Island Surfrider Foundation hopes to gain support from local officials and eventually make this a year-round program.


Environments monitored:
Beach

Physical/chemical monitoring:



Biological monitoring:
Bacteria

Exotic/Invasive Species:


Additional activities:


Restoration activities:




Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government
AdvocacyOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Research Our program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Community organizingOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Screen for problemsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
BMP evaluationOur program
Land use decisionsOur program
Watershed planningOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Plan restoration projectsOur program
EnforcementOur program
LegislationOur program
Shellfish bed closuresOur program
Swimming advisoriesOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
State 305(b) reportOur program
Other
 

 

 
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