Water Programs

Organizing Volunteer Monitoring Programs

Data to Information: A Guide Book for Coastal Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Groups in New Hampshire and Maine. University of Maine Cooperative Extension. 1998. Provides guidance on analyzing and presenting data. Source: University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 235 Jefferson St., PO Box 309, Waldoboro, ME 04572-0309; or call (207) 832-0343; www.umext.maine.edu.

An Introduction to Water Quality Monitoring Using Volunteers: A Handbook for Coordinators. 1993. A 30-page handbook on organizing monitoring projects. Source: Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, 6600 York Ave., Baltimore, MD 21212; or call (401) 377-6270; www.acb-online.org.

Organizing Outdoor Volunteers: A Step-by-Step Program for Grassroots Environmental Action Groups. 1992. This 112- page manual offers a simple approach to getting started in a volunteer monitoring program; including recruiting volunteers, planning, fund raising and working effectively with government agencies. Source: Appalachian Mountain Club Books, 5 Joy St., Boston, MA 02108; or call (617) 523-0636; www.outdoors.org.

Providing Credible Information. 1988. A 17- page guide to citizen monitoring and effectively using data. Source: Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, 6600 York Ave., Baltimore MD 21212; or call (410) 377-6270; www.acb-online.org.

Save Our Streams Volunteer Trainer's Handbook. Izaak Walton League of America. 1994. A 105-page handbook that includes 10 years of Save Our Streams experience in organizing developing a monitoring plan, assuring quality data, training volunteers, and fund raising. Source: Izaak Walton League of America, 707 Conservation Lane, Gaithersburg, MD 20878; or call (800) BUG-IWLA or (301) 548-0150; www.iwla.org.

The Volunteer Monitor's Guide to Quality Assurance Plans. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 1996. This document is designed to help volunteer program coordinators develop a quality assurance project plan (or quality assurance/quality control plan). Reference No. EPA 841-B-96-003. Source: National Service Center for Environmental Publications, 11029 Kenwood Road, Building 5, Cincinnati, OH 45242; or call (513) 489-8190 or (800) 490-9198; www.epa.gov.

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