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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Lower Esopus River Watch

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

Contact Information
Name:Renee Danboise Lohre; Street:P.O. Box 130
City: CottekillState: New York
Zip Code:12419-0130Phone: 914 687-0267
Email:RFRITS@AOL.COMWeb site1:http://
Fax: 914 687-0520Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):30
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:4 Students Number:50

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 1992

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

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

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?Y

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Lower Esopus River Watch's programs are partnership-based and build coalitions between local government, schools, colleges, students, volunteers, and professionals.

Environments monitored:
Groundwater, Lake or Pond, Land, Reservoir, River or Stream, Wetland

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Alkalinity, Chloride, Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, Hardness, Hydrocarbons, Metals, Nitrogen, pH, Pesticides, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Salinity, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Toxicity, Turbidity, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Bacteria, Birds, Exotic / Invasive species, Fish, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Shellfish, Terrestrial vegetation, Wildlife

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Construction site inspections, Debris cleanup, Debris monitoring, Human use surveys, Land use surveys, Photographic surveys, Restoration, Storm drain stenciling, Stream channel morphology

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Local government, University scientists
AdvocacyOur program
Research Our program, Local government, University scientists
Community organizingOur program
Screen for problemsOur program
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Local government, University scientists
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, Local government, University scientists
BMP evaluationOur program, Local government, University scientists
Land use decisionsOur program, Local government
Watershed planningOur program, Local government
Plan restoration projectsOur program, Local government
EnforcementOur program
LegislationOur program, Local government
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisoriesOur program
State 305(b) reportOur program, Local government


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