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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Georgia Adopt-A-Stream

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

Contact Information
Name:Tara Muenz Allison HughesStreet:4220 International Parkway; Suite 101
City: AtlantaState: Georgia
Zip Code:30354Phone: 404-675-1635 or 404-675-1636, site1:
Fax: 404 675-6245Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):7000
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:80 Students Number:800

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $100000 Year monitoring began: 1993

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X 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?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?Yes

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Georgia Adopt-A-Stream is the state volunteer water quality monitoring program. Our goals are to (1) increase public awareness of the state's nonpoint source pollution and water quality issues, (2) provide citizens with the tools and training to evaluate and protect their local waterways, (3) encourage partnerships between citizens and their local government, and (4) collect quality baseline water quality data. Georgia Adopt-A-Stream encourages individuals and communities to monitor sections of streams, wetlands, lakes or rivers. Manuals, training and technical support are provided through Georgia Environmental Protection Division, five Regional Training Centers, and 32 established community/watershed organizers.

Environments monitored:
Estuary, Lake or Pond, Reservoir, River or Stream, Wetland

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Alkalinity, Dissolved Oxygen, Flow/Water level, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Salinity, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Turbidity, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Human use surveys, Land use surveys, Photographic surveys, Pipe surveys, Restoration, Storm drain stenciling, Stream channel morphology

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Community organizingOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government
Screen for problemsNon-governmental community organizations, Local government
Establish baseline conditionsNon-governmental community organizations, Local government
Nonpoint source assessmentNon-governmental community organizations, Local government
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planningNon-governmental community organizations, Local government
Plan restoration projectsNon-governmental community organizations, Local government
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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