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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Hemlock Farms Volunteer Lakewatch Team

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

Contact Information
Name:Richard S. HesseStreet:1007 Hemlock Farms
City: HawleyState: Pennsylvania
Zip Code:18428-Phone: 717 775-4200
Email:Web site1:http://
Fax: 717 775-7370Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):22
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $2000 Year monitoring began: 1995

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State Government Local Government
Foundations BusinessesX Memberships
Donations 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?No

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Hemlock Farms is a private residential recreational community located in northeast Pennsylvania and containing four lakes, 10 ponds, and associated wetlands and streams. At the recommendation of several studies, we began a volunteer monitoring program to develop a baseline for our lakes and to maintain and improve the quality of our waters. Currently 25 volunteers monitor the lakes biweekly May through September.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond

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

Biological monitoring:

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program
Research Non-governmental community organizations
Community organizing 
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditionsNon-governmental community organizations
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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