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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Maryland Coastal Bays Volunteer Water Quality
Monitoring Program

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

Contact Information
Name:Carol CainStreet:9609 Stephen Decatur Highway
City: BerlinState: Maryland
Zip Code:21811Phone: 410-213-2297
Email:technical@mdcoastalbays.orgWeb site1:
Fax: 410-213-2574Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):13
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number: Students Number:

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $10K Year monitoring began: 1997

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal Government State Government Local Government
X Foundations Businesses Memberships
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? Yes

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:
Volunteers measure pH, temp, salinity, secchi, and collect samples for dissolved phosphate and nitrogen and chlorophyll. Samples are collected 21 times per year: once a month in Dec, Jan, & Feb, and twice a month for the remainder of the year.

Environments monitored:

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Salinity, Secchi transparency, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Chlorophyll, Horseshoe Crab Spawning

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

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


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