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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
HarborWatch/RiverWatch Program

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

Contact Information
Name:Peter Fraboni Richard Harris Street:10 Woodside Lane
City: WestportState: Connecticut
Zip Code:06880-Phone: 203 227-7253
Email:info@earthplace.orgWeb site1:
Fax: 203 227-8909Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):55
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $10000 Year monitoring began: 1986

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

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:
HarborWatch/RiverWatch is a volunteer citizens' action group actively engaged in scientific monitoring of harbors and rivers in lower Fairfield County. Our ongoing research effort works to protect and improve water quality in local estuaries and watershed areas. We monitor for hypoxic conditions in Norwalk, Saugatuck and Five Mile River harbors in the summer months, and conduct ongoing monitoring of Sasco Brook and Norwalk

Environments monitored:
Estuary, River or Stream

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

Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Fish

Exotic/Invasive Species:

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

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program
Research Our program, Local government, State government, Federal government
Community organizing 
Screen for problemsOur program, Local government, State government, Federal government
Establish baseline conditionsLocal government, State government, Federal government
Nonpoint source assessmentLocal government, State government, Federal government
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisionsState government, Federal government
Watershed planningState government, Federal government
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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