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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Dedham High School Chemistry
Mother Brook Project

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):
NepRWA; Southern Illinois University Rivers Project; GREEN; GLOBE

Contact Information
Name:Linda Sicuranza Street:140 Whiting Ave.
City: DedhamState: Massachusetts
Zip Code:02026-Phone: 781 326-4773
Email:LSicuranza@aol.comWeb site1:http://
Fax: 781 320-8126Web 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:1 Students Number:50

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $500 Year monitoring began: 1991

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal GovernmentX State Government Local Government
X Foundations Businesses Memberships
X 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?Yes

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Dedham High School chemistry students monitor the chemical water quality of Mother Brook, which connects the Charles River with the Nepsonet River. Students test water in the fall and spring at two sampling sites and use the data to calculate an Overal Water Quality Index which has indicated that water quality is good though fecal coliform counts allow only partial body contact. The Mother Brook Coalition, a local citizen's group which includes students, was founded to protect Mother Brook and develop its recreational potential. A major problem preventing recreational use is dumping of trash and yard waste along the banks, despite yearly cleanups.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

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

Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Fecal coliform, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

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

Restoration activities:

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


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