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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Community Science Institute

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

Contact Information
Name:Steve PenningrothStreet:Room 284 Langmuir Lab/Box 1044; 95 Brown Road
City: IthacaState: New York
Zip Code:14850Phone: (607) 257-6606
Email:spenningroth@communityscience.orgWeb site1:
Fax: (607) 257-6606Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):60+
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number: Students Number:

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $100,000 Year monitoring began: 2000

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal GovernmentX State GovernmentX Local Government
X 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? No

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

Counties in which you monitor:
Tompkins; Cayuga; Schuyler; Cortland

Program description:
The nonprofit Community Science Institute (CSI) organizes and empowers citizen volunteers to monitor water quality in streams, lakes, ponds and groundwater as a critical first step in protecting water resources. Our long-term strategy for stream and lake protection combines the action of dedicated volunteers with the scientific expertise of a state-certified testing laboratory. This strategy has resulted in baseline data sets on water quality in six streams that feed Cayuga Lake, currently the largest data set on tributary streams of any of the Finger Lakes.

We are supported financially by municipalities, local foundations, and the Finger Lakes-Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance (FL-LOWPA), as well as fees for our certified testing services.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Alkalinity, Chloride, Conductivity, BOD, Dissolved Oxygen, Flow/Water level, Hardness, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Salinity, TSS/TDS, Turbidity, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Fecal coliform, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

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


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