2001 and 2002 a series of inquiries were developed by
national facilitation project staff. They targeted audiences
including state Water Quality Coordinators and later,
coordinators of Cooperative-Extesnion sponsored volunteer
water quality monitoring programs across the nation.
Our initial inquiries focused on discovering the number
and extent of existing Extension-based volunteer monitoring
programs, their locations, principal contacts and how
they operate in order to develop a current Extension volunteer
monitoring/ state Extension Water Quality coordinators
contact list. They focused on updating and expanding a nationwide assessment conducted by Cooperative Extension in 1996. Results of that study are available here as a 1.8 MB pdf file.
Inquiries that followed were designed to learn more
about existing programs in order to ascertain their
strengths and needs, and to discover what coordinators'
considered exemplary about their program. This information
will be merged into and help give direction to our "Guide
for Growing Extension Volunteer Monitoring Programs."
Below, is a table with a link to a summary of our initial
inquiry to state's Water Quality Coordinators, a link
to the actual inquiry we used to assess Cooperative-Extension
sponsored or co-sponsored monitoring programs, and links
to summaries of each section of that program level inquiry.
In order to share these materials with you, we have
provided links in the table below to portable document
format (pdf*) files which will allow you to view and/or
print the materials.
Nationwide Inquiry by Topic
|Summary of findings from initial inquiry to State
Water Quality Coordinators and some Monitoring Program
|Text of Volunteer Monitoring Program Level Inquiry
|Summary of findings about programs' beginnings
|Summary of findings about programs' training techniques
|Summary of findings about programs' quality assurance
|Summary of findings about programs' volunteer
|Summary of findings about programs' outreach tools
|Summary of findings about programs' funding
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