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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Maryland Coastal Bays Volunteer Monitoring Program

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

Contact Information
Name:Cathy Wazniak Street:9609 Stephen Decatur Highway
City: BerlinState: Maryland
Zip Code:21811-Phone: 410 260-8638 site1:
Fax: 410 260-8640Web site2:

Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? No

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):63
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $15000 Year monitoring began: 1997

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal Government 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?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:
Maryland Coastal Bays Volunteer Monitoring Program collects water quality data in the St. Martin River and Isle of Wight, Assawoman, Sinepuxent, Newport, and Chincoteague Bays. The data will be primarily used by the Maryland Coastal Bays Program to help evaluate the effectiveness of management actions.

Environments monitored:
Estuary, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, Metals, Nitrogen, pH, Rainfall, TSS/TDS, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, State government
Community organizing 
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, University scientists
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, State government, University scientists
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) reportState government


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