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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Indiana Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program

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

Contact Information
Name:William W. JonesStreet:School of Public and Environmental Affairs Indiana University
City: BloomingtonState: Indiana
Zip Code:47405-2100Phone: 812 855-4556
Email:joneswi@indiana.eduWeb site1:http://
Fax: 812 855-7802Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):90
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $20000 Year monitoring began: 1989

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?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:
The Indiana Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program was established by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to help protect and manage the state's lakes. Nearly three-quarters of Indiana's 520 lakes of 50 or more acres suffer from deteriorating water quality. We train volunteers statewide to monitor Secchi transparencey. Each volunteer measures clarity from a boat at least biweekly from May to September.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, Reservoir

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, Nitrogen, Rainfall, TSS/TDS, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Human use surveys

Restoration activities:

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


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