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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Lake Mitchell Home Owners and Boat Owners Association (H.O.B.O.s)

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

Contact Information Street:P.O. Box 1324
City: ClantonState: Alabama
Zip Code:35046Phone: 205 755-0521
Email:anitalawson@bellsouth.netWeb site1:
Fax: Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):9
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 1996

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?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?No

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Lake Mitchell H.O.B.O.s monitors nine sites monthly and sends results to Auburn University through Alabama Water Watch. We are involved in clean water and water safety preservation, shoreline restoration, litter clean-ups, stocking and protection of fish and wildlife, and many other activities designed to improve, preserve Lake Mitchell, an Alabama Power impoundment lake in the Coosa River watershed.

Environments monitored:
Reservoir, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Alkalinity, Hydrocarbons, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Fish, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Construction site inspections, Debris cleanup, Human use surveys, Land use surveys, Photographic surveys, Restoration, Storm drain stenciling

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, State government, Federal government, University scientists
Community organizingOur program, State government, Federal government, University scientists
Screen for problemsOur program
Establish baseline conditions 
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, State government, Federal government, University scientists
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisionsOur program, State government
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projectsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government
EnforcementNon-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisoriesOur program, State government, University scientists
State 305(b) report 


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