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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Aqua-Lab Project of the Okaloosa County Environmental Council

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

Contact Information
Name:Michael FlyntStreet:204 Bayshore Drive
City: Miramar BeachState: Florida
Zip Code:32550-5850Phone: (850) 650-3970
Email:mflynt6905@aol.comWeb site1:http://
Fax: (850) 650-8752Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):24
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number: Students Number:

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 1994

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State GovernmentX Local Government
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?Yes
EPA-approved? Unk

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?No

Counties in which you monitor:
Okaloosa; Walton

Program description:
Volunteers collect samples monthly from 22 sites on Choctawhatchee Bay (an estuary system) and deliver them to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Technical Services lab in Pensacola for analysis and reporting. Aqua-Lab is a project of the Okaloosa County Environmental Council. The Council is a citizens group chartered by the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners. Operational funding is provided by the County and sample analysis is funded by the Department of Environmental Protection. Each volunteer is trained before monitoring and annual refresher training is provided. Parameters monitored are: atmospheric and water conditions including water temperature, turbidity (HACH), Secchi depth, color, conductivity, salinity, dissolved oxygen, BOD, NFLT residue, N-Nh3 - total, N-TKN, N-NO2 + NO3, total phosphorus, total and fecal coliform and chlorophyll A. Information generated is intended to establish a baseline for study of the Choctawhatchee River and Bay system.

Environments monitored:

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

Biological monitoring:

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Semiannual beach clean-ups

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program
Research Local government, State government
Community organizingOur program
Screen for problemsLocal government
Establish baseline conditionsState government, Federal government
Nonpoint source assessmentLocal government
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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