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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Aquifer Watch

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

Contact Information
Name:Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation DistrictStreet:1124 Regal Row
City: AustinState: Texas
Zip Code:78748Phone: 512 282 8441
Email:gail@bseacd.orgWeb site1:
Fax: 512-282-7016Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:4 currently Students Number:75

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $5000 Year monitoring began: 2000

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

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?No Is it state-approved?N/A
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:
Travis and Hays

Program description:
Middle school students adopt a well and visit it four times during academic year to perform on-site groundwater quality analysis. Students perform a mini pump test and gather data on water levels, flow rate, ph, temperature, conductivity, chlorides, alkalinity, and nitrates. A recently completed curriculum provides backup information and support to teachers in the classroom and reinforces concepts for students.

Environments monitored:

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Alkalinity, Chloride, Conductivity, Flow/Water level, Nitrogen, pH, Water temp., water levels in aquifer

Biological monitoring:

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program
Community organizing 
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditions 
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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