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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Delaware Nature Society
Delaware Stream Watch

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

Contact Information
Name:Ginger North Street:Ashland Nature Center
City: HockessinState: Delaware
Zip Code:19707-Phone: 302 239-2334 ext. 100
Email:ginger@delawarenaturesociety.orgWeb site1:
Fax: 302 239-2473Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):175
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:34 Students Number:380

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $100000 Year monitoring began: 1985

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal GovernmentX State Government Local Government
FoundationsX Businesses Memberships
X 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:
New Castle; Kent; Sussex

Program description:
Delaware Stream Watch, a grassroots volunteer water resources protection program, is a cooperative effort of the Delaware Nature Society, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and industry. We are now conducting three monitoring programs in Delaware and Pennsylvania: (1) Stream Adoption at 131 sites of Delaware's 41 watersheds. (2) Technical Monitoring at 28 sites in the greater Christina River Basin, and (3) Macroinvertebrate Survey at 3 sites on White Clay Creek. We hold yearly eductional events to train 50-100 persons in monitoring techniques and to increase water issue awareness for 200-400 additional persons.

Environments monitored:
Estuary, Lake or Pond, River or Stream, Wetland

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

Biological monitoring:

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Land use surveys

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
AdvocacyOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Research Our program
Community organizing 
Screen for problemsState government
Establish baseline conditionsState government
Nonpoint source assessmentState government
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planningState government
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) reportState government


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