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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
River Source, New Mexico Watershed Watch

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):
New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, River Network, Rocy Mountain Watershed Volunteer Monitoring Network

Contact Information
Name:Richard SchraderStreet:2300 W. Alameda; A6
City: Santa FeState: New Mexico
Zip Code:87507Phone: 505-660-7928
Email:rich@riversource.netWeb site1:
Fax: Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):40
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:26 Students Number:650

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $120,000 Year monitoring began: 1997

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal Governmentx State Government Local Government
X FoundationsX Businesses 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:
Santa Fe; Bernalillo; Rio Arriba; Taos; San Miguel; Colfax; Mora; San Juan; Sandoval; Grant; and Lincoln

Program description:
River Source, founded in 1997 by Rich Schrader, strives to restore and sustain productive relationships between communities and watersheds by providing watershed education, monitoring, and facilitation services to communities, schools, and Native American tribes. River Source provides watershed education and monitoring by working directly with youth and adults and training trainers in watershed science and education. River Source identifies causes of degradation, designs restoration plans, and provides environmental monitoring to evaluate restoration effectiveness of land and water restoration projects. Meeting planning, design, and facilitation are also provided to create strategic plans, hold conferences, and reach agreement between participants. River Source has been involved in a variety of projects which include management of the New Mexico Watershed Watch program for the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish; creation of a watershed monitoring plan for the Arroyo de los Piņos for the College of Santa Fe; community-based study designs for Galisteo Creek, Rio Santa Barbara & Rio Pueblo; facilitation of dialogue on community-based forest management for Western Network; and research and recommendations on funding priorities rural development in northern New Mexico for the Santa Fe Community Foundation. River Source collaborates with businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, schools and individuals. Over the past few years River Source has collaborated with University of New Mexico's Community and Regional Planning Program, Earth Works Institute, Common Ground, River Network, the Rocky Mountain Watersheds Volunteer Monitoring Network, Picuris Pueblo, Taos Pueblo, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, and the New Mexico Environment Department.

Environments monitored:
Land, River or Stream, Riparian habitat

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, Flow/Water level, Metals, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, TSS/TDS, Turbidity, Water temp., Geomorphology

Biological monitoring:
Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Terrestrial vegetation

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Human use surveys, Land use surveys, Photographic surveys, Restoration

Restoration activities:
riparian habitat restoration

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


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