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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Streamkeeper and Lakekeeper Monitoring Programs

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

Contact Information
Name:Darcie Holcomb Street:615F Oak Street; Suite 1000
City: GainesvilleState: Georgia
Zip Code:30501Phone: 770-531-1064 or (404) 352-9828 (Atlanta staff) Web site1:
Fax: 770-531-1503Web 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:15 Students Number:200

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $2000 Year monitoring began: 1996

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

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?Yes Is it state-approved?Yes
EPA-approved? Yes

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:
The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper's citizen monitoring program concentrates on the Chattahoochee River and the tributaries, reservoirs, and lakes in its watershed in Georgia and Alabama. Partnered with Columbus State University, we lead one of five regional training centers, conducting quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) workshops. Programs can be designed with varying degrees of involvement to suit any group. Manuals are provided and equipment loaned. Assistance in grant funding is available through school groups. An annual "Hilp the Hooch" river cleanup is held in October as a combined watershed event; over 2,300 volunteers participated in 1997.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, Reservoir, River or Stream

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

Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Construction site inspections, Debris cleanup, Debris monitoring, Land use surveys

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, University scientists
AdvocacyOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Community organizingOur program, State government
Screen for problemsOur program
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Local government, State government
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, State government
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projects 
EnforcementOur program
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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