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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Blue Water Task Force - Gallatin Watershed

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

Contact Information
Name:Kristin Gardner Street:PO Box 160513
City: Big SkyState: Montana
Zip Code:59716Phone: 406 993-2519 Web site1:
Fax: 406.994.1774Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):15
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:2 Students Number:40

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $1500 Year monitoring began: 2000

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

Counties in which you monitor:
Gallatin; MT

Program description:
The Blue Water Task Force was organized in the spring of 2000 in response to growing concern about the lack of water quality information on the Upper Gallatin River and the potential impact of population growth on the health of local streams.

The Task Force collects monthly water quality data at seven stations. Volunteers measure temperature, pH, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen in the field, and collect water samples at each site for laboratory analyses of nitrate, total and fecal coliform bacteria, and turbidity. In addition, aquatic insect and benthic algal biomass samples are collected once in the spring and once in the fall annually. Approximately 15 active volunteers help out with these activities.

The mission of the Blue Water Task Force is to promote public stewardship of aquatic resources in the Gallatin River Watershed through community education, citizen involvement in water quality monitoring, and scientific data collection. The Task Force strives to collect rigorous water quality data every month for the Upper Gallatin River, and also to provide educational information to the public.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, Nitrogen, pH, Turbidity, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Chlorophyll, Fecal coliform, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Photographic surveys

Restoration activities:

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


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