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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Clark Fork Watershed Education Program

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

Contact Information
Name:Matt VincentStreet:1300 W Park Street
City: ButteState: Montana
Zip Code:59701-Phone: 406 496-2030 Web site1:http://
Fax: 406 496-2039Web site2:

Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? Yes

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):4
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:8 Students Number:200

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $2000 Year monitoring began: 1994

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal Government State Government Local Government
Foundations Businesses Memberships
Donations Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:school budget; Montana Water Monitoring Coalition

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?Yes 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:
The Upper Clark Fork Water Monitoring Program monitors Silver Bow and Blacktail Creeks three times a year in accordance with the Montana Water Monitoring Coalition guidelines. High school students serve as mentors to teach elementary students about water quality concepts. We have an Education Day at the end of each year at which high school students teach younger children about environmental concepts.

Environments monitored:
Groundwater, Lake or Pond, River or Stream, Wetland

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

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Bacteria, Birds, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Restoration, Storm drain stenciling, Stream channel morphology

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program
Community organizing 
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditionsOur program
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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