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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Watershed Ambassadors Program

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

Contact Information
Name:Danielle DonkerslootStreet:401 East State Street
City: TrentonState: New Jersey
Zip Code:08625Phone: 609-292-2113
Email:danielle.donkersloot@dep.state.nj.usWeb site1:
Fax: 609-777-1282Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):20
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number: Students Number:

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $$15,000 Year monitoring began: 2000

Sources of funding or in-kind support
x Federal Governmentx 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:
All NJ Counties

Program description:
The New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program is a community-oriented AmeriCorps environmental program designed to raise awareness about watershed issues in New Jersey. Through this program, AmeriCorps members are placed in watershed management areas across the state to serve their local communities.

Watershed Ambassadors monitor the rivers of New Jersey through River Assessment Teams (RATs) and Biological Assessment Teams (BATs) volunteer monitoring programs. The members also work with community volunteers using these two volunteer monitoring techniques. Members are available to train local volunteers in these monitoring techniques.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, Land, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Flow/Water level

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Land use surveys, Photographic surveys, Pipe surveys, Restoration, Storm drain stenciling

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, State government
AdvocacyOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Research State government
Community organizingOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, State government
Screen for problemsNon-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Establish baseline conditions 
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
BMP evaluationNon-governmental community organizations, State government
Land use decisionsOur program, State government
Watershed planningOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Plan restoration projects 
EnforcementState government
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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