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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Citizen Monitoring Program, VA

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

Contact Information
Name:Alliance for the Chesapeake BayStreet:530 E. Main Street; Suite 200
City: RichmondState: Virginia
Zip Code:23219Phone: 804 775 0951
Fax: 804 775 0954Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):60
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number: Students Number:

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 1985

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal GovernmentX State Government Local Government
X 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? Yes

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?No

Counties in which you monitor:
Chesapeake Bay Region; Maryland; Pennsyvlania; Virginia

Program description:
Launched in 1985, the Chesapeake Bay Citizen Monitoring Program originally was designed to test the possibility of including a permanent, Bay-wid volunteer monitoring network among the long-term Bay management strategies of state and federal governments. The Alliance's Citizen Monitoring Program has done that and more. Over 400 volunteers across the Chesapeake Bay region-in Pensylvania, Maryland, and Virginia have participated in the Citizen Monitoring Program. Some have worked with the ACB for more than fifteen years, watching their rivers through the seasons and regularly submitting the valuable data they collect. Over 300 sites (active and historic) have been monitored under the Citizen Monitoring Program. The program is coordinated by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (ACB) and is funded by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality through a General Assembly Budget Amendment and other state and federal grant funds.

Environments monitored:
Estuary, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, Flow/Water level, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Salinity, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Chlorophyll, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

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


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