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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Blackstone River Watershed Education Project

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

Contact Information
Name:Donna Williams Street:414 Massasoit Rd.
City: WorcesterState: Massachusetts
Zip Code:01604-Phone: 508 753-6087
Email:bmbrook@massaudubon.orgWeb site1:http://
Fax: 508 755-0148Web 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:20 Students Number:400

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $3000 Year monitoring began: 1992

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal Government State Government Local Government
Foundations Businesses Memberships
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?No

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Blackstone River Watershed Education Project is a high school water monitoring program. All 400 students conduct chemical, physical, and biological sampling three times per year. They gather in the spring at a local university for a Student Congress to share test results and strategize action plans.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Turbidity, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris monitoring, Human use surveys, Storm drain stenciling

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Federal government
AdvocacyOur program, Federal government
Community organizingNon-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government
Screen for problemsOur program
Establish baseline conditions 
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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