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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Lake Onota Preservation Association
Volunteer Monitoring Program

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

Contact Information
Name:Robert W. RaceStreet:50 Shore Dr.
City: PittsfieldState: Massachusetts
Zip Code:01201Phone: 413 443-1681
Email:Web site1:http://
Fax: -Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):8
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:1 Students Number:6

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $100 Year monitoring began: 1996

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State GovernmentX Local Government
Foundations 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?No

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Lake Onota Preservation Association monitors Onota Lake for weed growth (particularly Eurasian milfoil) and eutrophic status. We are supporting a three-year US Coast and Geodatic Survey/UMass Water Watch Partnership experiment to correlate satellite flly-over data with in situ measurements.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, Wetland

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

Biological monitoring:

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, University scientists
AdvocacyOur program
Research University scientists
Community organizingOur program
Screen for problemsOur program
Establish baseline conditions 
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planningLocal government
Plan restoration projectsOur program, Local government
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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