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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Children's Discovery Museum BioS.I.T.E.
Students Investigating Their Environment

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

Contact Information
Name:Sandra DerbyStreet:180 Woz Way
City: San JoseState: California
Zip Code:95110Phone: 408-298-5437, ext. 261
Email:sderby@cdm.orgWeb site1:
Fax: 408-298-6826Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):12
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:35 Students Number:800

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

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State Governmentx Local Government
x Foundations Businesses Memberships
x Donationsx 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:
Santa Clara

Program description:
BioS.I.T.E. (Students Investigating Their Environment) is an environmental science program created and implemented by Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose. CDM has established a unique and powerful partnership with the San Jose Unified School District, that enables students of SJUSD to participate in a full year monintoring program of the Guadalupe River. The BioSITE program trains and enable High School students to act as science mentors for elementary students that come out to the river every other week to test the water, explore, survey and study the riparian environment. All participating BioSITE students take part in sharing their knowledge at different levels with their community.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, BOD, Dissolved Oxygen, Flow/Water level, Hardness, pH, TSS/TDS, Turbidity, Water temp., stream substrate

Biological monitoring:
Birds, Fecal coliform, Fish, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Terrestrial vegetation

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Restoration, Storm drain stenciling, Stream channel morphology

Restoration activities:
Santa Clara Valley Water District Restoration Project

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
AdvocacyOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government
Research Our program
Community organizingOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditions 
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planningOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Plan restoration projectsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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