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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Upper Merrimack River Local Advisory Committee
Upper Merrimack Monitoring Program

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

Contact Information
Name:Stephen C. Landry; Michele L. TremblayStreet:P.O. Box 3019
City: BoscawenState: New Hampshire
Zip Code:03303-3019Phone: 603 796-2615 or slandry@des.state.nh.usWeb
Fax: 603 796-2600Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):50
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:6 Students Number:150

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $500 Year monitoring began: 1995

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

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?Yes Is it state-approved?Yes
EPA-approved? Yes

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 Upper Merrimack Monitoring Program is completely staffed and managed by volunteers. We sample 11 sites along the Upper Merrimack, Pemigewasset, Winnipesaukee and Contoocook Rivers for chemical analysis, bacteria testing, and benthic macroinvertebrate analysis with identification to the family level. We work throughout the region in education and outreach. We are now using our data to help plan restoration activities as well as for policy and legislation.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Chloride, Hardness, Hydrocarbons, pH, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Bacteria, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Shellfish, Terrestrial vegetation, E.coli

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Photographic surveys

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Local government
AdvocacyOur program, Local government
Research Our program, State government
Community organizingOur program, Local government
Screen for problemsOur program, State government
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, State government
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, State government
BMP evaluationOur program
Land use decisionsOur program, Local government, State government
Watershed planningOur program, Local government, State government
Plan restoration projectsOur program
EnforcementLocal government, State government
LegislationOur program
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisoriesLocal government, State government
State 305(b) reportLocal government, State government, Federal government


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