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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Alabama Coastal Foundation

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

Contact Information
Name:John Porter Street:P.O. Box 1760
City: FairhopeState: Alabama
Zip Code:36533-Phone: 251-990-6002
Email:Acf@thegulf.comWeb site1:
Fax: 251-517-0346Web site2:

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

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

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ 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?Yes 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?No

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Alabama Coastal Foundation volunteers' data is used for trend research by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, and the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program. We make our information available to the public through periodicals. We also participate in the annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup and the Center for Marine Conservation's Marine Debris Monitoring Project.

Environments monitored:
Estuary, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Dissolved Oxygen, Metals, Nitrogen, pH, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Fecal coliform

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Debris monitoring, Restoration

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Community organizingOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Screen for problemsOur program, State government
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government, University scientists
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planningOur program, State government
Plan restoration projects 
LegislationState government
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) reportState government, Federal government


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