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MBNMS Resource Protection Internships

Resource Protection Internship #1: Sampling Water Quality for the Sanctuary Citizen Watershed Monitoring Network

The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Citizen Watershed Monitoring Network trains and supervises volunteers to conduct monitoring of water quality contaminants in the Sanctuary's watersheds. The Network needs the services of an intern to investigate water quality concerns in urban drainages on the Monterey Peninsula . Six years of citizen monitoring during the Urban Watch program have found high levels of phosphate, ammonia, and detergents from storm drains. Additionally, six years of data from the First Flush program have found that during the first significant rain event of the season, urban storm drains have high levels of bacteria, copper and zinc. The intern position will include providing support and leadership to Urban Watch teams in Pacific Grove , providing an important role to aid in the Network's new expanded monitoring sites, and provide assistance during the coordination and production of the First Flush event. The intern must be able to commit 10-20 (flexible) hours per week from June until November. No water quality monitoring experience is required, but is preferred. The intern must be an independent worker, have data entry skills and be willing to drive to monitoring sites on the Monterey Peninsula. Initial training and area familiarization will be provided. Additional information about the Network can be found at http://montereybay.noaa.gov/monitoringnetwork/welcome.html.

Staff lead:Lisa Emanuelson


Resource Protection Internship #2: Beach Water Quality (Focused on Runoff from Homes and Businesses)

Runoff and spills along the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary's coastline have periodically resulted in high levels of microbial contamination being detected in coastal waters, resulting in hundreds of beach closures or warnings annually. These contaminants can be a source of transmission of disease to both humans who come in contact with the water and to wildlife such as sea otters.

The Sanctuary's Water Quality Protection Program recently developed a Beach Closure and Microbial Contamination Action Plan to address this issue as part of the Sanctuary's Joint Management Plan Review http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/jointplan/m_reptoad.html.

One of the critical needs identified in the plan is to develop ways to reduce contamination from private sewer laterals. Private laterals are the pipes that connect a home or business to the main sewer lines in the street. Private laterals typically make up about half the total length of the sewer system. The contamination problems associated with laterals are significant due to inadequate repair, replacement, and maintenance, and can lead to raw sewage draining to rivers and beaches. The Sanctuary is interested in dealing with the issue of private laterals by working with local jurisdictions and developing ordinances that will require inspection, and if necessary repair, of private laterals upon the sale or transfer of a property and address the issue of chronic problems from individual laterals. An intern is needed to identify cities where similar lateral ordinances have been enacted, and gather and evaluate information on their format and success. This would include descriptions of the ordinances, a discussion on how it was developed, success at reaching desired goals, problems encountered, and financial impacts. The project should include recommendations on the best examples to follow in the Monterey Bay Sanctuary region. 

Staff lead: Lisa Emanuelson


Resource Protection Internship #3: Beach Water Quality Internship (Focused on Runoff from Cities)

Runoff and spills along the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary's coastline have periodically resulted in high levels of microbial contamination being detected in coastal waters, resulting in hundreds of beach closures or warnings annually. These contaminants can be a source of transmission of disease to both humans who come in contact with the water and to wildlife such as sea otters. The Sanctuary's Water Quality Protection Program recently developed a Beach Closure and Microbial Contamination Action Plan to address this issue. One of the critical needs identified in the plan is to improve the massive system of aging main pipelines underlying the region's cities. Unfortunately, the repair or replacement of main trunk sewer lines is an extremely expensive proposition, and it often takes a grant or matching funds from State and Federal sources to get these projects implemented. Individual local cities and counties know where and what needs to be replaced, and this information can often be found in various city documents and lists describing capital improvement projects. In order to assist the Sanctuary and local jurisdictions with raising the funds for these projects, an intern is needed to compile a regional list and description of these projects throughout the Sanctuary and work with staff to identify priority regional locations. This effort should briefly describe the replacement or repair project, the need and expected benefit to the sewer system, and relate the projects to the downstream benefits to Sanctuary recreation or wildlife that would result. 

Staff lead: Lisa Emanuelson


The MBNMS accepts applications year-round. To apply for an internship position, please complete and submit (via mail, fax or e-mail) the attached application to:

Dawn Hayes, Deputy Superintendent 
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary 
99 Pacific Street, Bldg. 455A 
Monterey, CA 93940 
Email: Dawn.Hayes@noaa.gov
Fax: (831) 647-4250 
Phone: (831) 647-4256

URL: http://montereybay.noaa.gov/getinvolved/volunteer/internship-respro.html    Reviewed: March 10, 2014
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