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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Lake Okeechobee Lakewatch Rainfall Monitoring Program

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):
South Florida Water Management District; Okeechobee Service Center

Contact Information
Name:Annoesjka Essex Street:205 EN Park St.
City: OkeechobeeState: Florida
Zip Code:34972-2033Phone: 941 462-5260 800 250 4200
Email:anoesjka.essex@sfwmd.govWeb site1:http://
Fax: 941 462-5269Web 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: $200 Year monitoring began: 1997

Sources of funding or in-kind support
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:

Program description:
Lake Okeechobee Lakewatch volunteers record daily rainfall measurements throughout Okeechobee County. We share information with local landowners for permit compliance, local engineers for permitted systems design calculations, and with any other interested parties. Our program will expand to other counties in the future.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, Land

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Dissolved Oxygen, Rainfall, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, State government
Research Our program, State government
Community organizing 
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditionsNon-governmental community organizations
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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