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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Big Fork Advisory Board River Watch
Littlefork-Big Falls High School

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

Contact Information
Name:Dick Lacher Street:c/o John C. Thompson 804 Main St.
City: LittleforkState: Minnesota
Zip Code:56653-Phone: 218 278-6614
Email:Web site1:http://
Fax: 218 278-6615Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):4
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:2 Students Number:22

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $80 Year monitoring began: 1995

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?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:

Program description:
Bigfork Advisory Board River Watch is a cooperative effort by two separate school districts to monitor water quality from the source of the Bigfork River to the mouth. We monitor at three sites which are tested at Bigfork High School and at four sites tested at Littlefork High School.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

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

Biological monitoring:

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Local government
Community organizing 
Screen for problemsLocal government
Establish baseline conditions 
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisionsLocal government
Watershed planningLocal government
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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