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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Debra Yountz
Monitoring program names:
Water Quality Monitoring

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

Contact Information
Name:New River Monitoring GroupStreet:2nd Ave.
City: West JeffersonState: North Carolina
Zip Code:28694Phone: 336-246-4871
Email:info@ncnr.orgWeb site1:
Fax: Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):20
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number: Students Number:

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $?? Year monitoring began: 1991

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

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?No Is it state-approved???
EPA-approved? ??

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?Not yet

Counties in which you monitor:
Ashe County

Program description:
We are a volunteer water quality monitoring group recording data throughout the New River watershed in North Carolina. We want to involve local citizens in protecting the water quality of the streams they love. We seek to establish baseline water quality data for tributaries and the main stem of both the South Fork and North Fork of the New River. This will allow us to recognize water quality problems when they occur, so that we can work with the appropriate people and agencies to correct any problems before they do more serious damage.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Alkalinity, Dissolved Oxygen, Flow/Water level, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Turbidity, Water temp., width, depth, riffles, pools

Biological monitoring:
Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Terrestrial vegetation, Wildlife

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, University scientists
AdvocacyOur program
Research Our program, University scientists
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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