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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Billington Sea Association Volunteer Monitoring Program

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

Contact Information
Name:Michael Conrod Street:Water Monitoring Program
33 Hopkins Rd.
City: PlymouthState: Massachusetts
Zip Code:02360-Phone: 508 747-5510
Email:dutch@Four.netWeb site1:http://
Fax: -Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):6
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $2000 Year monitoring began: 1991

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State Government Local Government
Foundations BusinessesX 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:
Billington Sea Association monitors a 269-acre freshwater lake whose waters were full of activity until weeds and then algae took over. We want to show what needs to be done to restore Billington Sea to the conditions existing in 1965. We also work to convince cranberry growers to use tailwater recovery as BMP (best management practice), and to install newly approved alternatice community speptic sytems with nutrient removal devices.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, Wetland

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, Hydrocarbons, Nitrogen, pH, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Chlorophyll, Exotic / Invasive species, Fish

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Human use surveys, Pipe surveys, Restoration

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Local government, State government, University scientists
AdvocacyOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Research Federal government, University scientists
Community organizing 
Screen for problemsOur program, Local government, University scientists
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, University scientists
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, University scientists
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projectsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government
LegislationState government
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) reportOur program, State government, Federal government, University scientists


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