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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Chariton Middle School Science Club
ECO Monitors

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

Contact Information
Name:Dennis Reida Lowell Wiele Street:522 Auburn Ave.
City: CharitonState: Iowa
Zip Code:50049Phone: 515 774-2948
Email:Web site1:http://
Fax: 515 774-4109Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):0
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:3 Students Number:20

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $5000 Year monitoring began: 1995

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

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?Yes Is it state-approved?Yes
EPA-approved? Yes

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:
Chariton Middle School's ECO Monitors are collecting data as part of a 5 year project. We conduct bi-monthly water monitoring of the three Lucas County lakes (Ellis, Morris, Red Haw) that provide Chariton's drinking water. We collected baseline data; then improvements were made to the watershed, lakes, and shoreline. Quarterly reports on our monitoring are sent to NRCS and DNR.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, Wetland

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Chloride, Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, Hydrocarbons, Nitrogen, pH, Pesticides, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Birds, Fish, Habitat assessments, Wildlife

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

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


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