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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Deschutes County Watershed Council
Squaw (Why-Chus) Creek Volunteer Monitoring

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

Contact Information
Name:Barbara J. Lee; Mike RiehleStreet:P.O. Box 894
City: BendState: Oregon
Zip Code:97709-Phone: 541 383-7146
Email:bjlee@transport.comWeb site1:http://
Fax: 541 383-7638Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):12
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:5 Students Number:180

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $80000 Year monitoring began: 1997

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal GovernmentX State GovernmentX Local Government
FoundationsX Businesses Memberships
Donations Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:watershed residents/students

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 Squaw (Why-Chus) Creek Monitoring program is a two-year project funded by the State of Oregon and local cooperators. Teachers and students sample six stream sites at least four times per year. Data is validated by a cooperating agency's technician. Students will develop a database which will be added to a regional database and published on their local Website.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

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

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Bacteria, Birds, Exotic / Invasive species, Fish, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Terrestrial vegetation, Wildlife

Exotic/Invasive Species:
knapweeds;dalmation toadflax;;

Additional activities:
Photographic surveys, Restoration, Stream channel morphology

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, State government
Community organizingOur program, Local government
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Local government, State government, Federal government
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planningOur program, Local government, State government, Federal government
Plan restoration projectsOur program, Federal government
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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