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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Blue Thumb
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area

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

Contact Information
Name:John W. Samuel; Karen A. ScanlonStreet:Oklahoma County Conservation District 1120 N.W. 63rd St.; Suite G101
City: Oklahoma CityState: Oklahoma
Zip Code:73116-Phone: 405 848-4862
Email:Web site1:http://
Fax: 405 842-8744Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):23
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:5 Students Number:80

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 1997

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal GovernmentX State GovernmentX 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?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:

Program description:
Blue Thumb volunteers regularly monitor tributaries to Arcadia Lake and to the Canadian River, as well as urban lakes. We are partnered with the City of Oklahoma City to characterize stream health in the City's 197 watersheds.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, River or Stream

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

Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Fecal coliform, Fish, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris monitoring, Restoration, Storm drain stenciling

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government
Research Our program
Community organizingOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Local government
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, Local government, State government
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planningOur program, Local government, Federal government
Plan restoration projectsOur program, Local government, State government
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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