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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Dakota County (MN) Wetland Health Evaluation Project

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

Contact Information
Name:Charlotte ShoverStreet:4100 220th Street W; #101
City: FarmingtonState: Minnesota
Zip Code:55024Phone: 651 480 7734
Email:cshover@extension.umn.eduWeb site1:
Fax: 651 463 8002Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):100
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:6 Students Number:

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $40,000 Year monitoring began: 1997

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal GovernmentX State GovernmentX 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, updates

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Adult volunteers collect biological (macroinvertebrate and vegetation) data on wetlands in 10 communities using protocol devleoped by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. City teams are lead by team leaders (secondary teachers, nature center staff).

Environments monitored:

Physical/chemical monitoring:

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Local government, State government
Research Our program, Local government, State government, Federal government
Community organizingOur program, Local government
Screen for problemsLocal government
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Local government, State government
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluationOur program, Local government
Land use decisionsLocal government
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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