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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
South Branch Watershed Association
Volunteer Biological River Monitoring Program

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

Contact Information
Name:South Branch Watershed AssociationStreet:Echo Hill Environmental Education Center; 41 Lilac Drive
City: FlemingtonState: New Jersey
Zip Code:08822Phone: (908) 782-0422
Email:info@sbwa.orgWeb site1:
Fax: (908) 782-4473 Web site2:

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

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

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $8,000.00 Year monitoring began: 1994

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

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?YES

Counties in which you monitor:
Morris; Hunterdon; Somerset

Program description:
Program began in 1994 as a means to collect baseline macroinvertbrate data at 10 sites throughout the watershed. Since then, the program has expanded to 18 sites monitored one time a year during the last 2 weeks in June. Volunteers are trained in the collection of a macroinvertebrate sample using a protocol similar to the EPA Rapid Bioassessment Protocol using a d-frame Kick Net. Samples are preserved in 90% Ethanol and sent to a certified Lab for analysis. Results are presented at an annual monitoring conference in November. Trends are begin to be anaylzed and it is hopeful that a scientific report will be written in the next two years.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Flow/Water level, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
AdvocacyOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government
Research Our program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government
Community organizingOur program
Screen for problemsOur program, Local government
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Local government
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluationLocal government
Land use decisionsLocal government
Watershed planningLocal government
Plan restoration projects 
EnforcementOur program
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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