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Volunteer Monitoring

Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative

Corry Stream Team monitors


ALLARM is a proud member of the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative (CMC), funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, to support and integrate volunteer monitoring data to better understand the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. ALLARM is the New York and Pennsylvania partner and provides technical and programmatic assistance to communities interested in collecting and sharing their water quality data. Through CMC, ALLARM can provide the following support:

  • Study design assistance
  • Water Quality and macroinvertebrate trainings
  • Data interpretation
  • Data sharing through the CMC database

Please contact ALLARM if you are interested in partnering.


In 2015, Dickinson College’s Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) in collaboration with the Alliance for Chesapeake Bay, Izaak Walton League of America, and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science was awarded a six-year grant to integrate community collected data into Bay wide assessment and management strategies. The project team, now referred to as the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative (CMC) has been developing the building blocks of a multi-state data collection initiative – the first of its kind in the nation.

A census was conducted of water monitoring activities in the summer of 2016. Preliminary results are now available. Participate in the census here. Learn more about the Cooperative.

Integration of Community-Owned Monitoring Data Project Strategy

The project team's strategy for integrating community-created data with datasets created from academia and agencies.

Learn more about the Cooperative.

Members of CMC include Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Bay Program, Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA), Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM), and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES).