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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Fore River Watershed Association
Environmental Monitoring Committee

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

Contact Information
Name:Gina DembowskiStreet:P.O. Box 2102
City: QuincyState: Massachusetts
Zip Code:02269-2102Phone: 617 472-3189
Email:Web site1:http://
Fax: 617 472-1255Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):11
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 1996

Sources of funding or in-kind support
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?No
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:
Fore River Watershed Association monitors primarily for fecal coliform. Despite the fact that our watershed is urban and mostly sewered, bacterial contamination is the greatest problem. Failing municipal and regional systems seem to have the biggest impact. The fore River has one of the best fish runs in the state and thousands of acres of shellfish beds.

Environments monitored:
Estuary, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, Metals, pH, Rainfall, TSS/TDS, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Birds, Chlorophyll, Fecal coliform, Fish, Habitat assessments, Shellfish, Wildlife

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Construction site inspections, Debris cleanup, Debris monitoring, Human use surveys, Land use surveys, Pipe surveys, Restoration

Restoration activities:

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


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