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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Maquoketa River Water Quality Team
Lake Delhi Restoration Project

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

Contact Information
Name:John and Sue BehrnsStreet:25211 209th Ave.
City: DelhiState: Iowa
Zip Code:52223Phone: 319 273 8905
Email:behrns@uni.eduWeb site1:
Fax: 319 268 3733Web 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:1 Students Number:

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $15,000 Year monitoring began: 2000

Sources of funding or in-kind support
x Federal Governmentx State Government Local Government
Foundations Businesses Memberships
Donations Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:xLake Delhi Recreation Association

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?Yes 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:
The Lake Delhi Recreation Association, a nonprofit organization, is currently undertaking a Lake Delhi Restoration Project. The Lake Association is matching state funds 1 to 1 in this project. Water quality monitoring is done by a group of Lake Delhi residents that call themselves the Maquoketa River Water Quality Team (the lake is part of the Maquoketa River watershed). The team is working with the USGS to establish baseline water quality data. Overall project goals include implementation of erosion control measures in the upland areas of the lake and conducting a dredge feasiblity study. The Lake Association would like to dredge the lake in the near future.

Environments monitored:
Beach, Lake or Pond, River or Stream

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

Biological monitoring:
Fecal coliform

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government, University scientists
Community organizingOur program
Screen for problemsOur program
Establish baseline conditionsOur program
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program
BMP evaluationOur program
Land use decisionsOur program
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projectsOur program
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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