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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Project SEARCH

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

Contact Information
Name:Erin McCollumStreet:Connecticut DEP; Office of Environmental Education 79 Elm Street
City: HartfordState: Connecticut
Zip Code:06106-Phone: (860) 424-3090 Web site1:
Fax: 203-922-7833Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):0
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:250 Students Number:8,000

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $100,000 Year monitoring began: 1986

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal GovernmentX State Government 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? No

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:
Project SEARCH is a state-wide environmental education and water quality monitoring program for high schools. We are funded by the CT Department of Environmental Protection, the Science Center of Connecticut, section 319 federal grants, and various other grants. We are administered by the CT DEP and the Science Center of Connecticut. As of April 2004, we monitor 100 sites on 75 streams.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

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

Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Land use surveys

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program
Community organizing 
Screen for problemsOur program, State government
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Local government, State government
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisionsOur program
Watershed planningOur program
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) reportState government


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