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Water Links of Interest

  • Clean Water Act Information Center
    The Center conveys information about the quality of Montana's rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands in relation to Montana's Water Quality Standards. Specifically, it displays the results of water quality assessments made on the basis of available water monitoring data. This site is not intended as a means of accessing water quality monitoring field data.
  • Montana DEQ Nonpoint Source Program: The Montana Nonpoint Source Program protects and restores water quality through the management of nonpoint sources of pollution such as grazing, farming, mining, construction, logging, and many other activities.
  • Natural Resource Information System (NRIS) Water Information: The Water Information System is the starting point for locating water resources information in Montana, such as data on surface water, groundwater, water quality, riparian areas, water rights, climate data and more.
  • The Montana Water Center: The Montana Water Center at Montana State University advances water research, information, education, and problem-solving partnerships throughout the state and more widely. For more about what they do, visit their website.
  • The Montana Volunteer Water Monitoring Project: This organizations aim is to promote knowledge and stewardship of aquatic resources by teaching local citizen volunteers the skills needed to gather accurate, non-biased water quality information.

US - EPA Web Sites:

  • EPA National TMDL home page: This site provides an overview of the  national TMDL program with links to pertinent information on state programs. It includes information on TMDL laws and regulations, policies, documents, examples of TMDLs, and more.
  • EPA Region 8 TMDL program: This site provides specific information on TMDL programs in EPA Region 8 (Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, and Utah).
  • Adopt Your Watershed:  Learn about organizations active in your watershed!  Over 4,000 watershed groups are listed.  Also includes tools and resources to help new groups get started.
  • Surf Your Watershed: This site provides multi-level water resource information. Enter your zip code and learn the facts about your watershed and ways you can get involved.
  • Volunteer Monitoring Homepage: This site provides electronic versions of many of EPA's volunteer methods manuals and brochures, as well as The Volunteer Monitor newsletter, the national newsletter of the volunteer monitoring community.
  • Wetlands Restoration: Visit the River Corridor and Wetlands Restoration page to find out about wetland restoration activities in your watershed.
  • Nonpoint Source Pollution: Find answers to your questions about nonpoint source pollution. Learn about "Splash", an interactive site that teaches kids and adults how to reduce runoff pollution.
  • Watershed Academy: Find information on training opportunities, watershed documents, and internet training modules.
  • Fish Consumption Advisories and Beach Conditions: These two pages contain current information on the location of fish consumption advisories nationwide.

Selected Additional Web Sites:

  • Volunteer Monitoring Groups On-Line: This site is maintained by the EPA and lists many web pages for volunteer monitoring organizations around the country.
  • Great American Secchi Dip-In: This is the homesite for the yearly national water clarity testing event that engages thousands of lake and estuary volunteer monitors.  Maintained by Kent State University.
  • Missouri Stream teams: This homepage supports Missouri Stream Teams, a large and energetic state-supported volunteer monitoring program.
  • Merrimack River Initiative: Flowing through New Hampshire and Massachusetts, the Merrimack River Initiative coordinates a variety of activities including a robust volunteer monitoring network. Monitoring protocols and other useful documents are available on this site.
  • Ohio State University Extension: This site provides information about how to get involved in volunteer monitoring, not only in Ohio but through other Cooperative Extension programs.
  • River Watch Network: Vermont's River Watch Network trains volunteers around the country in intensive macroinvertebrate and chemical monitoring protocols.
  • Texas Watch: The Texas Watch volunteer monitoring program maintains this site, which includes discussion of quality assurance protocols and use of volunteer data by the state.
  • University of Rhode Island Watershed Watch: This state wide volunteer monitoring program site is currently in the process of being updated. However in addition to general program information it also includes interesting pictures and discussion about the freshwater jellyfish that are occasionally reported in local lakes and ponds by volunteers.

Electronic List Servers:

  • Volmonitor: an electronic forum for volunteer monitoring program coordinators.  List owner: Alice Mayio - (202) 260-7018
  • Lakes-L: international computer discussion forum for professionals and those who care about lakes and their watersheds.  List owner:  Jim Vennie - (608) 266-2212