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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Save the Bay

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

Contact Information
Name:Wenley Ferguson Street:434 Smith St.
City: ProvidenceState: Rhode Island
Zip Code:02908-3770Phone: 401 272-3540
Email:Web site1:http://
Fax: 401 273-7153Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):200
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $25000 Year monitoring began: 1992

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State Government Local Government
X Foundations BusinessesX Memberships
X DonationsX 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:
Save the Bay's activities focus primarily on monitoring the habitats of Narragansett Bay including assessing the health of salt marshes, evaluating restoration potential, groundtruthing aerial habitat surveys, and monitoring herring runs. We also conduct surveys of how people are using the urban rivers and waterfront to advocate for better management of urban waters.

Environments monitored:
Estuary, Wetland

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Metals, Nitrogen, pH, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Exotic / Invasive species, Habitat assessments, Wildlife

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Human use surveys, Pipe surveys, Restoration, Storm drain stenciling

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, Non-governmental community organizations, State government
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, State government, University scientists
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projectsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government
EnforcementLocal government, State government, Federal government, University scientists
LegislationOur program
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) reportState government


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