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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Upper Raritan Watershed Association
Visual Monitoring Program

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

Contact Information
Name:Lauren Theis Street:P.O. Box 273
City: GladstoneState: New Jersey
Zip Code:07934-Phone: 908 234-1852 ext. 12
Email:LTheis@urwa.orgWeb site1:
Fax: -Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):20
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $5000 Year monitoring began: 1996

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal GovernmentX State Government Local Government
X Foundations Businesses 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?Yes

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Upper Raritan Watershed Association's Visual Monitoring program is adapted from a USDA-NRCS assessment protocol. We rate stream value by assigning scores for 16 visual elements. Our goals are education and identification of potential problems and/or restoration areas.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Rainfall, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Exotic / Invasive species

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Land use surveys, Storm drain stenciling

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program
Community organizingOur program
Screen for problemsOur program
Establish baseline conditions 
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projectsOur program
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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