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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
IOWATER, Iowa's Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring
Iowa Department of Natural Resources

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

Contact Information
Name:CoordinatorStreet:109 Trowbridge Hall
City: Iowa CityState: Iowa
Zip Code:52317Phone: 319-335-1761
Fax: Web

Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? Yes

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):2000
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number: Students Number:

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 1999

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal GovernmentX 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?Yes Is it state-approved?Yes
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:
IOWATER, Iowa's volunteer water quality monitoring program, empowers citizens to take a proactive approach to water quality. By monitoring the water resources in our backyards, we can ensure the protection, longevity and productivity of high quality water resources, as well as evaluate, assess, and improve those of lower quality. By becoming an IOWATER volunteer, you are not only provided with monitoring equipment, but you are also given the freedom to monitor wherever and whenever you choose. The program brings people closer to the landscapes that surround them and encourages them to develop a sense of place within the watersheds in which they live. This tie between ourselves and the water resources that give us life will lead to the understanding, respect, and protection of Iowa’s water bodies long into the future.

Environments monitored:
Beach, Lake or Pond, Reservoir, River or Stream, Wetland

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Chloride, Dissolved Oxygen, Flow/Water level, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Fecal coliform, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Terrestrial vegetation

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Human use surveys, Land use surveys, Photographic surveys, Storm drain stenciling

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationState government
AdvocacyNon-governmental community organizations
Community organizing 
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditions 
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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