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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Salt Ponds Coalition
Rhode Island Salt Pond Watchers

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

Contact Information
Name:David Monk Street:P.O. Box 875
City: CharlestonState: Rhode Island
Zip Code:02813-Phone: 401 322-3068
Email:saltpond@brainiac.comWeb site1:http://
Fax: 401 322-3068Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):14
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $2200 Year monitoring began: 1985

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State GovernmentX Local Government
X FoundationsX BusinessesX Memberships
X DonationsX 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:
The Salt Pond Watchers currently monitor fecal coliform bacteria levels in approximately 30 stations in seven coastal salt ponds on Rhode Island's Atlantic coast. Our data is used by the RI DEM and local communities to help determine areas unsuitable for fishing and swimming.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Rainfall, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Bacteria, Fecal coliform, Habitat assessments

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Land use surveys

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Local government
AdvocacyOur program
Research University scientists
Community organizingOur program
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Local government, State government
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, Local government, State government
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisionsLocal government
Watershed planningOur program, Local government, State government, Federal government
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closuresState government
Swimming advisoriesState government
State 305(b) report 


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