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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Great Bay Coast Watch
University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension/Sea Grant

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

Contact Information
Name:Ann S. ReidStreet:UNH/Kingman Farm
City: DurhamState: New Hampshire
Zip Code:03824-Phone: 603 749-1565
Email:ann.reid@unh.eduWeb site1:
Fax: 603 743-3992Web 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:9 Students Number:60

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $45000 Year monitoring began: 1990

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

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
The Great Bay Watch trains retired citizens, teachers, and students who live and work near the Great Bay estuarine system as volunteers. Sampling occurs at low and high tide twice monthly from April through November. Observations include water condition, activities, birds, and weather. Other projects now include rainfall characteization, shoreline sanitary surveys, and habitat surveys.

Environments monitored:
Estuary, Marine, River or Stream

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

Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Fecal coliform, Habitat assessments

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Debris monitoring, Photographic surveys

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, State government, Federal government, University scientists
Research University scientists
Community organizingOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, State government
Screen for problemsOur program
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, State government
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, State government
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisionsOur program
Watershed planningState government
Plan restoration projectsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, State government, University scientists
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) reportOur program, State government


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