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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
Coastwalk Program

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

Contact Information
Name:Marilyn Sigman Street:P.O. Box 2225
City: HomerState: Alaska
Zip Code:99603-Phone: 907 235-6667
Email:info@akcoastalstudies.orgWeb site1:
Fax: 907 235-6668Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):50
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:50

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $2500 Year monitoring began: 1992

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State Government Local Government
Foundations Businesses Memberships
X Donations 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?No

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies sponsors an annual coastwalk in which approximately 100 volunteers walk 135 miles of coastline around Kachemak Bay, observing the beaches' condition, picking up litter, and making visual observations. Data on land and sea mammals, birds, and intertidal life are noted, as well as signs of human use, including litter quantity and type, historic landmarks, and prihistoric archaeological sites. Data are tabulated in a computer database and are available for public use.

Environments monitored:
Beach, Estuary

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Rainfall, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Birds, Wildlife

Exotic/Invasive Species:

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

Restoration activities:

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


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