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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Clear Lake Enhancement and Restoration (CLEAR) Project

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

Contact Information
Name:Van SternerStreet:P.O. Box 863
City: Clear LakeState: Iowa
Zip Code:52151-Phone: 515 424-4452
Email:swcd@willowtree.comWeb site1:http://
Fax: 515 423-8779Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):12
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:2 Students Number:50

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $500 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? No

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?No

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
The CLEAR Project monitors Clear Lake and water entering the lake at seven locations on a bi-weekly basis. Algae blooms are the primary symptom and nutrient enrichment (especially phosphorus) the problem. The watershed contains both urban and rural nonpoint sources of pollution. We are funded by EPA Section 319 through Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, River or Stream, Wetland, agric drainage tiles

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

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Bacteria, Chlorophyll

Exotic/Invasive Species:

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

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government, University scientists
AdvocacyOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Research Our program, University scientists
Community organizingOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Screen for problemsOur program
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, State government
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program
BMP evaluationOur program, State government
Land use decisions 
Watershed planningOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, University scientists
Plan restoration projectsOur program
LegislationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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