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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Mississippi Headwaters Board
Mississippi Headwaters River Watch

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

Contact Information
Name:Theresa Eclov Street:303 Minnesota Ave.
P.O. Box 3000
City: WalkerState: Minnesota
Zip Code:56484-Phone: 218 547-7263 site1:
Fax: 218 547-7376Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):38
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:15 Students Number:20

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $100000 Year monitoring began: 1991

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State Government Local Government
X 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? 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 Mississippi Headwaters Board was formed in 1980 as an alternative to federal control of the first 400 miles of the Mississippi in north central Minnesota. Eight counties entered into a joint powers agreement and were mandated to preserve and protect the natural, cultural , scenic, scientific, and recreational values of the Mississippi River and nine Headwaters Lakes. We discharge this responsibility through land use regulations, River Watch water quality monitoring, and information and education programs promoting river stewardship.Schools throughout the area perform the monitoring and results are used by local and regional government and the community.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Chloride, Conductivity, Hardness, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Land use surveys

Restoration activities:

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


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