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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Montana Watercourse
Volunteer Monitoring Project

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

Contact Information
Name:Rose Vallor Street:PO Box 170575 or 332 Culbertson Hall; Montana State University
City: BozemanState: Montana
Zip Code:59717Phone: 406-994-6425
Email:rosanna.vallor@montana.eduWeb site1:
Fax: 406-994-6889Web site2:

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

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

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $75,000 Year monitoring began: 1996

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?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:

Program description:
Montana Watercourse provides statewide education, training, and support for community and school-based volunteer monitoring efforts in the state of Montana. Our approach is to help local groups get established, set goals, receive training, get equipment, and have a place to enter their data in a STORET compatible form. Our monitoring philosophy is to listen to local volunteer needs and tailor the approach to meet those needs.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream, Wetland

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, Flow/Water level, Hardness, Hydrocarbons, Metals, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Salinity, Turbidity, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Fecal coliform, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Community organizingOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
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) report 


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