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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Citizen Monitoring of Wadeable Streams and Rivers

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection; Bureau of Water Management

Contact Information
Name:Michael BeaucheneStreet:79 Elm Street
City: HartfordState: Connecticut
Zip Code:06106Phone: (860) 424-4185
Email:mike.beauchene@po.state.ct.usWeb site1:
Fax: 860 424 4055Web site2:

Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? Yes

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):50
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number: Students Number:

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $0 Year monitoring began: 1999

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

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?No 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 Department of Environmental Protection would like to encourage volunteer groups to assist in monitoring the many streams and rivers, and report their findings to staff of DEP?s Ambient Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Program. The volunteer monitoring program may support activities of the DEP by providing data and related expertise used in assessing surface water quality conditions and trends as long as the monitoring is performed to accepted standards.

The purpose of the documents entitled "Rapid Bioassessment in Wadeable Streams & Rivers by Volunteer Monitors" is to provide guidance to those volunteer monitoring organizations, especially those that intend to submit usable water quality information to the DEP for inland waterbodies. Additional good quality monitoring data is useful to increase the number of water resources assessed.

The tiered approach outlined in these documents, is intended to encourage participation by volunteers having a wide range of skills and interest levels. A Tiered Approach for Citizen-Based Monitoring of Wadeable Streams and Rivers. It has been specifically developed by the DEP to insure the best use of volunteer data.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:

Biological monitoring:

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, University scientists
Community organizing 
Screen for problemsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, State government
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, State government
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) reportOur program, State government


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