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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Adopt A Lake

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):
Georgia Lake Society, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream

Contact Information
Name:Dr. Joe Dirnberger Street:P.O. Box 440994
City: KennesawState: Georgia
Zip Code:30144-Phone: 770 423-6546
Email:jdirnber@.kennesaw.eduWeb site1:
Fax: 770 423-6625Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):25
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:2 Students Number:100

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $800 Year monitoring began: 1992

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State Government Local Government
Foundations BusinessesX Memberships
X 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? 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:
Adopt A Lake is a statewide program co-sponsored by the Georgia Lake Society (GLS) and the Georgia Environmental Protection Agency (GAEPA). GLS trains the volunteer groups and helps them interpret their lake data, while GAEPA provides copies of the manual written by GLS members and receives the lake data. Monitoring groups on several lakes (Jackson, Oconee, Hartwell, Lanier, and Blackshear) were formed prior to the present Adopt A Lake Program.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, Reservoir

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

Biological monitoring:
Chlorophyll, Fish

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Human use surveys, Land use surveys, Pipe surveys

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, University scientists
AdvocacyNon-governmental community organizations
Research University scientists
Community organizingOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Screen for problemsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, University scientists
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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