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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Patuxent Riverkeeper
Monitoring program names:
Patuxent River Water Quality Initiative

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

Contact Information
Name:Lauren WebsterStreet:18600 Queen Anne Road
City: Upper MarlboroState: Maryland
Zip Code:20774Phone: 301-249-8200 ext 6
Email:Lauren@paxriverkeeper.orgWeb site1:
Fax: 301-249-3613Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):80
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number: Students Number:

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 2008

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State Governmentx Local Government
x Foundations Businessesx Memberships
x Donationsx Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?Yes 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?yes

Counties in which you monitor:
Howard; Montgomery; Prince George's; Anne Arundel; Calvert; Charles; St. Mary's

Program description:
We can’t clean up our watersheds without first identifying and creating baselines for where there are problems. Citizen water testing raises awareness and helps to direct public attention and willpower toward the root causes and known problems in our watershed. Volunteer water quality monitors will collect water quality data twice a month, which will be compiled annually into the Patuxent River Report Card.
A public web portal,, has been development where water tester volunteers can post their results, compare their sampling data with others, and empower themselves and others with knowledge about what and where the water quality impairments and their sources are. This site will also be available to the general public to view water quality data from throughout the watershed. Sites have been pre-selected throughout the watershed to provide an overall view of the health of the Patuxent and its tributaries.
Patuxent Riverkeeper will be providing training and water testing kits to citizen monitors. Training will include the use of the testing kits and website, as well as common signs of poor water quality and pollution. In addition to water quality training, volunteers will also be trained on the Get the Dirt Out! program, a joint initiative of the Chesapeake Region Waterkeepers to educate and empower citizens on the effects of poor stormwater management. This program teaches citizens what to look for at construction sites and to provide a letter grade for the site’s stormwater management practices. Volunteers will then learn who they can contact in their area to remedy poor environmental practices. For liability reasons, all Patuxent Testers must be members of Patuxent Riverkeeper. If you are interested in training to become a water quality monitor, contact Lauren Webster at 301-249-8200 ext 6 or

Environments monitored:
Estuary, Reservoir, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
BOD, Dissolved Oxygen, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Turbidity, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Fecal coliform, Habitat assessments, Wildlife

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Debris monitoring, Restoration, erosion control, tree planting, fish blockage removal

Restoration activities:

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


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