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Water: Volunteer Monitoring

Proceedings from the 6th National Volunteer Monitoring Conference-Moving Into the Mainstream

Austin, Texas
April 26th - 29th, 2000

In the papers and presentation overviews that follow, two-part and repeated sessions appear once within the concurrent session in which they first appear (see the Conference-at-a-Glance for further clarification).

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  • Cover Page (PDF , 2 pages, 119 KB, about PDF)
  • Introduction to these Proceedings (PDF , 6 pages, 383 KB, about PDF)
  • Conference-at-a-Glance (PDF , 2 pages, 17 KB, about PDF)
  • Field Trips (PDF , 2 pages, 17 KB, about PDF)
  • Concurrent Session 1 (PDF , 2 pages, 432 KB, about PDF)
  • Volunteer Outreach Tactics that Work

    • Michele L. Tremblay, Guerilla Outreach Tactics for Volunteer Monitoring Programs
    Signs of Life: Monitoring the Health of Wetlands
    • Leah Graff, Successes and Challenges of a Nation-wide Wetland Monitoring Handbook and Training Session
    • Tom Danielson, Evaluating Wetland Health
    • Klaus Richter, King County's Wetland-Breeding Amphibian Monitoring Program
    • Charlotte Shover, Dakota County Wetland Health Evaluation Project
    Murky Waters? Making Sense of Water Clarity Measures
    • Jeff Schloss, Murky Waters: Gaining Clarity on Water Transparency Measurements
    • Bob Craycraft, ViewScopes and Secchi Disk Measurements: What's the Difference
    • Jennifer Klang, Using the Transparency Tube in Minnesota's New Citizen Stream Monitoring Program
    You Found What? Rousing Reports and Powerful Presentations
    • Marie-Françoise Walk, Developing a Data Presentation Plan
    • Joan Martin, Creating Engaging and Effective Creek Reports

  • Concurrent Session 2 (PDF , 42 pages, 410 KB, about PDF)

    How State Agencies Use Volunteer Data

    • Stacey Brown, Cooperation and Partnerships: Virginia's Citizen Monitoring Program, Getting Data to Use
    • Diane Wilson, Pennsylvania Citizens' Volunteer Monitoring Program
    • Esperanza Stancioff, The Maine Shore Stewards Program Use of Data
    • Karen Font-Williams, Oregon's Volunteer Monitoring Program
    The C's Have It–Collaboration, Coordination, Comparability
    • Connie Fortin, Minneapolis–St. Paul Area Volunteer Monitoring: A Coordinated Approach
    • Ric Lawson, Coordinating Monitoring in the Lake Michigan Basin
    • Eric Mendelman, Coordinating Monitoring in Texas
    Innovative Coastal Monitoring Techniques
    • Mary Enstrom and Sherry Dawson, Underwater Citizen Science in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
    • Peter Milholland, Test Kits: Tricks of the Trade
    • Lori Scinto, The Shoreline Alteration Citizen Monitoring Protocol – A Project Developed by Island County/Washington State University Beach Watchers
    • Riley Young-Morse, Real-Time Detection of Toxic Phytoplankton
    Introduction to Data Management and the STORET Approach
    • Jeff Schloss, Data Management Systems: Some Basic Considerations
    • Marty McComb, Patrick Detscher, Alice Mayio, The STORET Approach
    Study Design: Deciding Why, What, How, When, and Where to Monitor
    • Presenters: Geoff Dates, Angie Reed

  • Concurrent Session 3 (PDF , 19 pages, 92 KB, about PDF)

  • From Sampling to Sustainability: Using Indicators to Connect Monitoring to Growth Management

    • Presenter: Michele Witten
    Agricultural Issues Panel
    • Presenters: Ned Meister, Allan Stokes, Steve Taylor
    Eye on Recovery: Monitoring Restoration Activities
    • Leah Graff, Volunteer Monitoring of Stream Restoration: Muddy Branch Case Study
    • Wenley Ferguson, From Fill to Phragmites: How Community Groups Can Assess and Restore Their Tidal Marshes
    • Donna Meyers, Helpful Hints: Designing a Complete Monitoring Plan for Your Restoration Project
    Data Management in Action 1: STORET and Excel-Based Demos
    • Elizabeth Herron, Excel-Based Data Management
    Advancing Your Macroinvertebrate Monitoring Program
    • Presenters: Geoff Dates, Tom Danielson, Jim Harrison

  • Concurrent Session 4 – Regional Breakouts (PDF , 12 pages, 108 KB, about PDF)

    • Introduction to Regional Breakout Discussions
    • Notes from Region 1
    • Notes from Regions 2 and 3
    • Notes from Region 4
    • Notes from Region 5
    • Notes from Region 6
    • Notes from Region 7
    • Notes from Region 8

  • Concurrent Session 5 (PDF , 33 pages, 479 KB, about PDF)

  • An Introduction to the Clean Water Act and TMDLs
    • Sharon Clifford, What's New on TMDLs?
    Monitoring in the Urban Environment
    • Jim Harrison, Lullwater Fork Improvement Project: Integration of Innovative Urban Watershed, Hydrology and Planning Approaches with the "Usual Monitoring"
    • Ben Barber, UrbanWatch: Bringing Citizens, Scientists, and Cities Together
    Program Roundtable A
    • Josh Clemons and Martha Conklin, A Comparative Study of GLOBE and USGS Water
    • Quality Monitoring Data
    • Yvette de Boer, Citizen Volunteer Monitoring of Forest Resources in the New York City Watershed
    • Nancy Mesner, Bear River Watershed Education Project
    Student Volunteers on the Web
    • Steve Amos, Cyberways and Waterways: High School Students as Stakeholders and Monitoring Online
    • Pete Schade, Creating Your Own Web-Based Interactive Stream Site
    • Christos Michalopoulos, Students as Volunteer Monitors: Lessons Learned from the GLOBE Program
    How's the Service in this Place? Parts 1 and 2
    • Discussion Leaders: Elizabeth Herron, Jerry Schoen

  • Concurrent Session 6 (PDF , 23 pages, 119 KB, about PDF)

  • The Role of Volunteer Monitoring in TMDLs
    • Scott Kishbaugh, Volunteer Monitoring and Government Environmental Data Reporting: Smooth Fit or Square Peg in Round Hole?
    • Donna Meyers, Volunteer Monitoring and TMDLs: San Lorenzo River Watershed Case Study
    Developing A Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP), Parts 1 and 2
    • Presenters: Linda Green, Abby Markowitz, Mike Bira
    Everyone Into the Water! Organizing a Regional Monitoring "Day"
    • Diane Wilson, Capture the Moment–Pennsylvania's Watershed Snapshot
    • Steven Hubbell, Earth Day Monitoring in Texas: From Seed to Harvest
    Better Understanding Your Watershed Through GIS
    • Bob Craycraft and Jeff Schloss, Community Mapping– Improving Natural Resource Conservation Through GIS Technolog

  • Concurrent Session 7 (PDF , 17 pages, 97 KB, about PDF)

  • Measuring Bacterial Contamination
    • Presenter: Gerri A. Miceli
    Program Roundtable B
    • Mary Carchrie, Forming a Senior Environment Corps
    • Gary Comer, The Master Watershed Stewards Education Program
    • John McCoy, Waterwatch – Data Use, Data Confidence, Australian Style
    • Robert Williams, The Rivers Project
    State Coordinator's Discussion Session
    Student Volunteers Taking Action
    • Bill Fleming, Watershed Planning and Monitoring By Local Student Stakeholders
    • Torrey Lindbo, Advantages of Student Versus Agency Monitoring
    • Ann Lyon, Schools/Townships Unite to Protect Water Quality

  • Concurrent Session 8 (PDF , 5 pages, 34 KB, about PDF)

  • Data Management in Action 2: Web-Based Systems and EDAS Demos
    • Bryan Parker, Web-Based Systems
    • Mellini Sloan, EDAS: Facilitating the Analysis and Archiving of Ecological Data

  • List of Participants (PDF , 16 pages, 78 KB, about PDF)

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