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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Boquet River Association (BRASS)

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

Contact Information
Name:Dennis Kalma ; Robin Ulmer Street:Essex County Government Center
City: ElizabethtownState: New York
Zip Code:12932-Phone: 518 873-3688
Email:Web site1:http://
Fax: 518 873-6550Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):10
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began:

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal GovernmentX State GovernmentX Local Government
X Foundations BusinessesX Memberships
X Donations Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?Yes Is it state-approved?No
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:

Program description:
The Boquet River Association has studied sediment embeddedness throughout the watershed for 5 years; has conducted macroinvertebrate studies vis-a-vis embedded and non-embedded reaches; has studied native mussel populations; conducts some baseline water monitoring; and owns and operates a laboratory certified by NYS department of Health for potable, wastewater, and environmental water testing.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, Land, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Chloride, Conductivity, BOD, Dissolved Oxygen, Hardness, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Turbidity, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Exotic / Invasive species, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Shellfish

Exotic/Invasive Species:
Eurasian milfoil

Additional activities:
Land use surveys, Restoration, Stream channel morphology

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
AdvocacyOur program, State government
Research Our program, State government, Federal government
Community organizing 
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, State government
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, State government, Federal government
BMP evaluationOur program, State government, Federal government
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projectsOur program, State government, Federal government
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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