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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Quinnipiac River Watershed Association
Adopt the River Program

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

Contact Information
Name:volunteer coordinator Street:P.O. Box 2825
City: MeridenState: Connecticut
Zip Code:06450Phone: 203 237-2237
Email:qrwa@sbcglobal.netWeb site1:
Fax: 203 237-2237Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):10
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $3000 Year monitoring began: 1997

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

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Quinnipiac River Watershed Association monitors along tributaries and on the mainstem of the Quinnipiac River in central Connecticut. Our three-year-old "Adopt the River" program recently grew from informal inspections and debris clean-ups to include a Stream Team That does turbidity monitoring at 15 sites and bioassessment with other supplementary data at 7 sites on upper tributaries.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Chloride, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Birds, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Terrestrial vegetation, Wildlife

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Construction site inspections, Debris cleanup, Debris monitoring

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program
AdvocacyLocal government, State government, Federal government
Research Local government, State government, University scientists
Community organizing 
Screen for problemsLocal government, State government
Establish baseline conditions 
Nonpoint source assessmentLocal government, State government, University scientists
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisionsLocal government, State government, University scientists
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projects 
EnforcementLocal government, State government, University scientists
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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