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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Laura Felda-Marquardt
Monitoring program names:
Clean Boats, Clean Waters

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

Contact Information
Name:Laura Felda-MarquardtStreet:107 Sutliff Ave
City: RhinelanderState: Wisconsin
Zip Code:54501Phone: 715-365-2659
Email:laura.felda@dnr.state.wi.usWeb site1:
Fax: 715-365-8932Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):640 plus
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number: Students Number:

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $20,000 Year monitoring began: 2003

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:
Clean Boats, Clean Waters, volunteer watercraft inspection program, began in 2003 to assist volunteers to organize and conduct a boater education program in their community. Trained adult and youth teams educate boaters on how and where invasive species are most likely to hitch a ride into waterbodies. By performing boat and trailer checks, distributing informational brochures and collecting and reporting suspect specimens; volunteers are making a difference in helping to prevent the spread of invasive species.
As of 2005, over 640 folks from 44 counties have attended a Clean Boats, Clean Waters workshop. During a training workshop, University of Wisconsin-Extension and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource specialists, provide an overview of aquatic invasive species, and instructions on how to organize an effective watercraft inspection program. Additionally, hands-on training for watercraft inspections and invasive species identification provide an opportunity to learn the benefits of invasive species monitoring.

Environments monitored:
Lake or Pond, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:

Biological monitoring:
Exotic / Invasive species

Exotic/Invasive Species:
Euarasian water milfoil, curly leaf pondweed, purple loosestrife, zebra mussels, water fleas, rusty crayfish

Additional activities:
Human use surveys

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationState government
AdvocacyLocal government, State government
Research State government, Federal government, University scientists
Community organizingLocal government, State government
Screen for problemsLocal government, State government
Establish baseline conditionsLocal government, State government
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 
Invasive species infestations
Local government, State government


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