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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Lower Merion Conservancy

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

Contact Information
Name:Heidi FenstermacherStreet:9 S. Bryn Mawr Ave.
City: Bryn MawrState: Pennsylvania
Zip Code:19010-Phone: 610 520-9895
Fax: 610 520-9894Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):25
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:4 Students Number:30

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $1000 Year monitoring began: 1974

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal GovernmentX State GovernmentX Local Government
X FoundationsX BusinessesX 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:
Lower Merion Conservancy monitors all streams within Lower Merion Township, the largest being Mill Creek, which runs from Villanova University to the Schuykill River. We use Surber samplers to collect macroinvertebrates each April. Volunteers conduct chemical tests at their sites weekly as well as habitat assessments. We were trained by Stroud Water Research Center, a research laboratory of the Academy of Natuaral Sciences in Philadelphia.

Environments monitored:
Land, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Alkalinity, Conductivity, Hydrocarbons, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Salinity, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Birds, Fish, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Wildlife, algae

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Construction site inspections, Photographic surveys, Storm drain stenciling, Stream channel morphology

Restoration activities:

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


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