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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
Marsh Monitoring Program

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

Contact Information
Name:Karyn Molines; Chris Swarth Street:Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks 1361 Wrighton Rd.
City: LothianState: Maryland
Zip Code:20711Phone: 410 741-9330
Fax: 410 741-9346Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):150
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:65 Students Number:2,500

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $120000 Year monitoring began: 1988

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

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:
Anne Arundel

Program description:
The Marsh Monitoring Program is a long term ecological study of freshwater tidal wetlands. Trained volunteers assist with 10 studies carried out within a 620-acre sanctuary on the Patuxent River in central Maryland. Studies focus on dissolved nutrient dynamics, amphibian migration, turtle ecology, waterbird abundance, fish use of shallow wqter habitats, songbird migration, wetland plant succession, and shrub diversity,

Environments monitored:
Estuary, Land, River or Stream, Wetland

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

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Birds, Exotic / Invasive species, Fish, Terrestrial vegetation, Wildlife

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Restoration

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Local government, State government, University scientists
Research Our program, Local government, State government, University scientists
Community organizingOur program
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Local government, State government, University scientists
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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