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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Blue River Watershed Association
Teaching Rivers in an Urban Environment

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

Contact Information
Name:Kate DelehuntStreet:6601 Swope Parkway; P.O. Box 7276
City: Kansas CityState: Missouri
Zip Code:64132Phone: 816-309-0980
Email:kdelehunt@brwa.netWeb site1:
Fax: Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):50
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:25 Students Number:2500

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $60,000 Year monitoring began: 1997

Sources of funding or in-kind support
x Federal Governmentx State Governmentx 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:
Johnson; KS Jackson; Cass; MO

Program description:
The Blue River Watershed Association works to improve the health of the Blue River. This river crosses 2 states and 3 counties, offering a regional opportunity for education about the health of rivers and streams.
Teaching Rivers in an Urban Environment (T.R.U.E. Blue) is a water monitoring curriculum designed to meet state standards and focuses on urban watersheds. Teachers are trained and suported in the field by BRWA mentors.
BRWA also sponsors the Clean Water Celebration- an annual gathering of students, and KC Clean Streams, a student litter pickup of streams and rivers.
BRWA offers students hands-on stewardship opportunities in riparian habitat restoration and rain garden plantings at schools.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream, Wetland

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Dissolved Oxygen, Flow/Water level, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, TSS/TDS, Turbidity, Water temp., air temp, visual survey, flow

Biological monitoring:
Fecal coliform, Habitat assessments

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Restoration, Storm drain stenciling

Restoration activities:
riparian tree planting, rain gardens

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


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