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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Grand Rapids High School
Mississippi River Watch

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

Contact Information
Name:Jonathan Rowe Street:c/o Jon Rowe 800 Conifer Dr.
City: Grand RapidsState: Minnesota
Zip Code:55744-Phone: 218 326-9473 276
Email:Web site1:http://
Fax: 218 326-3100Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):0
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:1 Students Number:18

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $700 Year monitoring began: 1996

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government 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?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?No

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Grand River High School monitors the Upper Mississippi River. For seven years, we have performed eight different tests with students, sampling at least five sites nine times per year. In 1996, a group of 10 students and one teacher traveled to Russia to test the Ural River.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, Hardness, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
AdvocacyOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government
Research Our program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government
Community organizingOur program
Screen for problemsOur program, Local government
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planningLocal government
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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