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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Long Island Soundkeeper

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

Contact Information
Name:Terry BackerStreet:P.O. Box 4058
City: NorwalkState: Connecticut
Zip Code:06855-Phone: 203 854-5330 800 933 7686
Email:info@soundkeeper.orgWeb site1:
Fax: 203 866-1318Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):9
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 1987

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State Government Local Government
X FoundationsX BusinessesX Memberships
X DonationsX 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?Yes

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Long Island Soundkeeper was founded by shellfishing and fisheries communities who were concerned about the progressive pollution and habitat destruction in the Sound. The "keeper" concept was borrowed from an old English tradition of assigning stewards to monitor the king's waterbodies. We patrol on the water and take direct action to stop polluters, including hands-on investigation, negotiation with with polluters, calling media attention to and raising public awareness about the problem, and, if necessary, litigation.

Environments monitored:
Beach, Estuary, Groundwater, Lake or Pond, Marine, River or Stream, Wetland

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

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Bacteria, Habitat assessments

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Construction site inspections, Debris cleanup, Debris monitoring, Land use surveys, Pipe surveys, Restoration, Storm drain stenciling

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program
AdvocacyOur program
Research Our program
Community organizing 
Screen for problemsOur program
Establish baseline conditions 
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisionsOur program
Watershed planningOur program
Plan restoration projectsOur program
EnforcementOur program
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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