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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
New Hampshire Volunteer Lake Assessment Program (NH VLAP)

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

Contact Information
Name:Sara SteinerStreet:New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services P.O. Box 95; 6 Hazen Dr.
City: ConcordState: New Hampshire
Zip Code:03302-0095Phone: (603) 271-2658, Web site1:
Fax: 603 271-2867Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):400
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 1985

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal GovernmentX State Government Local Government
Foundations BusinessesX Memberships
Donations Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:lake associations

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:
NH VLAP was created by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and now includes over 120 lakes. Volunteers are trained annaully on-site by DES biologists, and sample both in-lake and in all major tributaries. When feasible, lake associations may find 18-month intensive diagnostic studies of the watershed to pinpoint areas of future concern.

Environments monitored:
Beach, Lake or Pond, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, Hardness, Hydrocarbons, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Chlorophyll, Phytoplankton, Exotic / Invasive species

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationNon-governmental community organizations, State government
Research State government, University scientists
Community organizingNon-governmental community organizations
Screen for problemsNon-governmental community organizations, State government
Establish baseline conditionsNon-governmental community organizations, State government, Federal government
Nonpoint source assessmentState government
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisionsNon-governmental community organizations, Local government
Watershed planningNon-governmental community organizations, Local government
Plan restoration projectsState government, Federal government
EnforcementLocal government, State government
LegislationState government
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisoriesNon-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
State 305(b) reportState government, Federal government


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