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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Metropolitan Council
Citizen-Assisted Monitoring Program (CAMP)

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

Contact Information
Name:Randy Anhorn Street:Mears Park Centre 230 East 5th St.
City: St. PaulState: Minnesota
Zip Code:55101-1633Phone: 612 602-1267 site1:
Fax: 612 602-1130Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):75
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $75000 Year monitoring began: 1993

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

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?Yes 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:
The Metropolitan Council initiated a citizen-assisted lake monitoring program (CAMP) in 1993 as an economical way to help bridge the data gaps of area lakes, provide a more complete and improved metro database, and give local decision makers a better ideal of the area's water quality and assist them in understanding resources and making decisions on water quality issues.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond

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

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Chlorophyll

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, University scientists
Research Our program, Local government, State government, Federal government, University scientists
Community organizingNon-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Screen for problemsNon-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Establish baseline conditionsNon-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, University scientists
Nonpoint source assessmentNon-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
BMP evaluationLocal government, State government
Land use decisionsNon-governmental community organizations, Local government
Watershed planningNon-governmental community organizations, Local government
Plan restoration projects 
LegislationLocal government
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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