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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Spencer County Riverwatch

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

Contact Information
Name:Jennifer Thompson Betsy Wilkinson Street:Spencer County Soil & Water Conservation District 201 Elm St.
City: RockportState: Indiana
Zip Code:47635-Phone: 812 649-9137
Email:in313! site1:http://
Fax: 812 649-2341Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):2
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 1997

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal GovernmentX State Government Local Government
Foundations Businesses Memberships
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:
Spencer County Riverwatch recently implemented a program of bimonthly biological and chemical monitoring on Crooked and Sandy Creek watersheds with the addition of other watersheds as more volunteers are recruited.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Turbidity, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationLocal government
AdvocacyLocal government, State government
Research Local government, State government, Federal government
Community organizingLocal government
Screen for problemsLocal government, State government
Establish baseline conditionsState government
Nonpoint source assessmentState government
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planningLocal government, State government, Federal government
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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