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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Beach Watch
Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association

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

Contact Information
Name:Shannon Lyday, Joanne Mohr Street:The Presidio; P.O. Box 29386
City: San FranciscoState: California
Zip Code:94129Phone: 415.561.6625 x307, jmohr@farallones.orgWeb site1:
Fax: 415.561.6625 x 302 Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):100
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $200000 Year monitoring began: 1993

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal GovernmentX 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?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:
Beach Watch is a long-term monitoring project in which volunteers survey a particular beach area every four weeks. Our goals are to develop baseline information on the Sanctuary's biological resources, to create a long-term data set and index for a particular beach, to develop a network of local volunteer experts, and to educate the public about their sanctuaries.

Environments monitored:
Beach, Marine, Wetland

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Rainfall, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Birds, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Wildlife

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris monitoring, Human use surveys, Photographic surveys

Restoration activities:

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


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