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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:

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

Contact Information
Name:Laura Felda Street:UWEX-CNR University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
City: Stevens PointState: Wisconsin
Zip Code:54481-3897Phone: 715 346-3366
Email:lfelda@uwsp.eduWeb site1:
Fax: 715 346-4038Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):17545
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:35 Students Number:500

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $45,000 Year monitoring began: 1995

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

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

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:
Adopt-A-Lake is an environmental education (K-12) effort designed to provide youth with an interdisciplinary understanding of lake dynamics and issues through action projects. We work in partnership with the state's Self-Help Lake Monitoring Program to provide youth an opportunity to collect lake data as part of their Adopt-A-Lake projects. We work with thousands of youth and adult teams divided into school groups, 4-H, Boy/Girl Scout groups, or lake associations.

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

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

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Chlorophyll, Exotic / Invasive species, Fish, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Terrestrial vegetation, Frogs

Exotic/Invasive Species:

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

Restoration activities:

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


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