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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Save Our Streams Program
Izaak Walton League of America

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

Contact Information
Name:Julie Vincentz MiddletonStreet:707 Conservation Lane
City: GaithersburgState: Maryland
Zip Code:20878-2983Phone: 301 548-0150
Email:sos@iwla.orgWeb site1:
Fax: 301 548-0146Web site2:

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

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

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 1969

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal Government State Government Local Government
X FoundationsX Businesses Memberships
X 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:
Save Our Streams (SOS) is the grassroots stream, river, and wetlands monitoring and restoration program of the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA). Since 1969, we have trained volunteers in every state. IWLA chapters in 32 states use the SOS program and thousands of other programs use SOS monitoring methods. We track projects in all 50 states througn our database, and have produced a variety of workshops, booklests, fact sheets, training videos, habitat restoration guides, and curricula for grades 1-12. In 1994 we started Stream Doctor, a steam restoration education project. In 1996 we started the Wetlands Conservation and Sustainabilitjy Initiative to provide basic wetlands information to non-scientists and encourage them to consult with experts and engage in hands-on monitoring and stewardship cativities.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream, Wetland

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

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Birds, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Shellfish, Terrestrial vegetation, Wildlife

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Human use surveys, Land use surveys, Restoration, Storm drain stenciling, Stream channel morphology

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
Community organizing 
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditions 
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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