In 2007, AWW contributed an article titled VALIDITY AND APPLICATIONS OF CITIZEN VOLUNTEER – MEASURING MONITORING PERFORMANCE BY LOCAL WATERSHED GROUPS. Here’s the backdrop for this special edition:
In January 2006, the White House Office of Management and Budget released a memorandum indicating that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had not demonstrated results under the Clean Water Act Section 319 Program. The memorandum indicated a need to provide proof that water-quality and ecosystem improvements have been made through the efforts of watershed groups, and that the improvements are measurable. This issue of Water Resources IMPACT describes success stories from selected watersheds across the nation. The social aspects of volunteerism are placed into perspective, proposed legislation is described that could help clean up watersheds, and the importance of quality assurance is emphasized.