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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
St. Andrew Bay Resource Management Association (RMA) Baywatch Program

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

Contact Information
Name:Patrice Couch, Baywatch Director Street:P.O. Box 15028
City: Panama City State: Florida
Zip Code:32406Phone: 850-763-4303
Fax: 850-763-4303Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):54
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $$50,000 Year monitoring began: 1990

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

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:
Established in 1990, the St. Andrew Bay Resource Management Association (RMA) Baywatch Program is a volunteer sampling program that monitors long-term trends in water quality and aquatic resources in the St. Andrew Bay watershed. Teams of volunteers collect water samples monthly at 86 sample stations throughout the St. Andrew Bay estuarine system, Lake Powell, and other lakes in the watershed. Seagrass coverage and composition in West Bay and near Shell Island is monitored. Partners include: Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWMD), Florida LAKEWATCH, US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Gulf Coast State College (GCSC), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Panama City Marine Institute (PCMI), Friends of St. Andrew Bay/Bay Environmental Study Team (BEST), and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Northwest District Office.

Environments monitored:
Estuary, Lake or Pond, Tidal creeks, coastal dune lake

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Alkalinity, Conductivity, BOD, Dissolved Oxygen, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Salinity, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Chlorophyll, Fecal coliform, eneterococci

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
education/outreach, seagrass composition and coverage, sea turtle nest monitoring, scallop monitoring and enhancement

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
Community organizing 
Screen for problemsOur program
Establish baseline conditionsOur program
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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