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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Friends of Casco Bay
Citizen Stewards Water Quality Monitoring Program

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

Contact Information
Name:Peter Milholland Street:2 Fort Rd.
City: South PortlandState: Maine
Zip Code:04106-Phone: 207 799-8574
Email:Cascobay@keeper.orgWeb site1:http://
Fax: 207 799-7224Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):110
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:1 Students Number:5

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $73000 Year monitoring began: 1993

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal GovernmentX State GovernmentX Local Government
X FoundationsX BusinessesX Memberships
X DonationsX 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 Citizen Stewards Program trains volunteers to assist the Casco BayKeeper in monitoring the water quality of Casco Bay. Volunteers gather data at over 100 selected sites along Casco Bay's 500-mile shoreline, collecting surface water and performing tests monthly from April through October. The data are entered into a comprehensive computer database for management and interpretation. We also collect water column profile data from the BayKeeper boat at offshore sites and sample water at closed clam flats to test for fecal coliform bacteria.

Environments monitored:
Beach, Estuary, Lake or Pond, Marine, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Dissolved Oxygen, Metals, Nitrogen, pH, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Fecal coliform, Phytoplankton

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Human use surveys, Land use surveys, Pipe surveys

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program
AdvocacyOur program
Research Our program
Community organizing 
Screen for problemsOur program
Establish baseline conditionsOur program
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisionsLocal government, State government
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closuresOur program, State government
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) reportOur program, State government


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