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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Stream Teams

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

Contact Information
Name:Sharon Meigs Street:Prince George's Co. Govt; Programs & Planning Div. 9400 Peppercorn Pl.; Suite 500
City: LargoState: Maryland
Zip Code:20774-Phone: 301 883-5822
Email:Web site1:gcmd.gsfc.nasa.govstream_team/stream_team.html
Fax: 301 883-7139Web site2:

Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? Yes

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):20
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:10 Students Number:100

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $5000 Year monitoring began: 1993

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State GovernmentX Local Government
FoundationsX Businesses Memberships
Donations Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?Yes Is it state-approved?No
EPA-approved? Yes

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:
Stream Teams' Adopt-A-Stream Program has 3 levels: Stream Reporters perform stream walks and report problems; Stream Activists organize one or more activities such as stream clean-ups, tree plantings, storm drain stencilling, or public education; Stream Monitors collect and identify benthic macroinvertebrates to perform habitat assessment twice a year. We use the Muddy Bottom or 20 jab method developed for coastal plain streams.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Nitrogen, pH, Rainfall, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Terrestrial vegetation

Exotic/Invasive Species:

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

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government
AdvocacyNon-governmental community organizations
Community organizingOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government
Screen for problemsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Local government
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, Local government
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisionsOur program, Local government
Watershed planningOur program, Local government
Plan restoration projectsOur program, Local government
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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