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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Friends of the Upper Choptank River
Water Quality Monitors

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

Contact Information
Name:Helen Marie SpinelliStreet:Moot Point Farm
25355 Moot Point Lane
City: GreensboroState: Maryland
Zip Code:21639-1234Phone: 410 479-3529
Email:TAILSPIN@DMV.COMWeb site1:http://
Fax: -Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):6
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $0 Year monitoring began: 1997

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government 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?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:
The Friends of the Upper Choptank River seek to create baseline information on the health of the Choptank River, a major tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. We are gathering information on possible locations of sustainable habitat for submerged aquatic vegetation in the River's watershed and basin.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Dissolved Oxygen, Metals, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Habitat assessments

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

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


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