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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Adopt-a-River Program

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

Contact Information
Name:Paul Nordell Street:500 Lafayette Rd.
City: St. PaulState: Minnesota
Zip Code:55155-4052Phone: 612 297-5476 site1:http://
Fax: 612 297-5475Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):2100
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $0 Year monitoring began: 1989

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

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?No 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?Yes

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Minnesota Adopt-a-River is a self-directed floodplain cleanup program which supplies how-to assistance, free rubbish bags, gloves, and recognition after reporting of results. Information tracked includes pounds of rubbish collected, volunteer hours, and descriptions of debris found.

Environments monitored:
Beach, Lake or Pond, Land, Reservoir, River or Stream, Wetland

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Rainfall, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, State government
AdvocacyOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, State government
Community organizingOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Screen for problemsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, Federal government
BMP evaluationOur program
Land use decisions 
Watershed planningOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government
Plan restoration projects 
LegislationOur program, State government
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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