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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Center for Marine Conservation
International Coastal Cleanup

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

Contact Information
Name:volunteer coordinator Street:11300 19th Street; NW
City: WashingtonState: District of Columbia
Zip Code:20036Phone: 800-519-1541 or 202-429-5609
Email:membership@oceanconservancy.orgWeb site1:
Fax: 202 872-0619Web site2:

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

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

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $500000 Year monitoring began: 1986

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal Government State Government Local Government
X FoundationsX BusinessesX 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:
The International Coastal Cleanup's mission is to remove debris from shorelines, waterways, and beaches, to collect information on debris types and amounts, to educate people on the issue of marine debris, and to use the collected information to effect positive change - on all levels, from the individual to the internationl - to reduce marine debris and enhance marine conservation. We are active in 90 countries and all 50 states and territories. In 1997, 175,006 volunteers participated in the U.S. alone.

Environments monitored:

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Rainfall, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Debris monitoring

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
Community organizing 
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditions 
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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