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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Manhattan High School Stream Team

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):
Kansas High School Nonpoint Source Water Quality Project; Kansas Dept. of Health & Environment

Contact Information
Name:Dru ClarkeStreet:2100 Poyntz
City: ManhattanState: Kansas
Zip Code:66502-Phone: 785 587-2100 785 587 2133
Email:druc@manhattan.k12.ks.usWeb site1:http://
Fax: 785 587-2132Web 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:20

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $700 Year monitoring began: 1993

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State Government Local Government
Foundations Businesses Memberships
DonationsX Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:school budget

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:
Manhattan High School Stream Team originated with a 1993 grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the EPA. Its initial purpose was to collect and analyze water from a local watershed. We test every two weeks, send data to KDHE quarterly, and produce and annual report. Our data were used to change municipal policy on dumping of water from a local pool. We also are involved in public outreach to local elementary schools and protection and conservation of the kansas River. We conducted a successful petition drive and gave testimony to prohibit further dredging for sand in the river channel. We have presented at the American Institute of Biological Science and the Gulf of Mexico Symposium, and plan to devlop a trail guide for riparian zone walks.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Alkalinity, Chloride, Conductivity, Hardness, Hydrocarbons, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Birds, Macroinvertebrates, Shellfish

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Land use surveys, Photographic surveys, Storm drain stenciling, Stream channel morphology

Restoration activities:

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


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