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2 5. Describe the rain event, if one has occurred in the past 72 hours (3 days). Misting Light rain Steady rain Heavy rain No rain event in the past 72 hours I don t know Other (e.g. snow, hail) describe: 6. If it has rained within the past 72 hours and you have a rain gauge at the beach, measure the amount of rain in inches or centimeters. (If you do not have a rain gauge please select no rain gauge.) in/cm (round to nearest 10th degree) No rain gauge 7. What are the current sky conditions? (Check one of the options below.) Sky condition Sunny Mostly sunny Partly sunny Mostly cloudy Cloudy Amount of cloud coverage No clouds 1/8 to 1/4 3/8 to 1/2 5/8 to 7/8 Total coverage 8. What is the current wave height in feet? (Check one of the options below.) Wave height is determined by measuring the distance between the crest (tallest point of the wave) to the trough (the lowest point of the wave) just lakeward of where the waves are breaking. No waves Waves less than 1 foot 1-2 feet 3-4 feet 5-6 feet 6-8 feet Over 8 feet 9. Describe the intensity of the waves. (Check one of the options below.) Calm Medium Rough 10. Longshore current: What is the amount of time (in seconds) that it takes your floatable object to travel 10 meters. See Routine Visit Form Guide for instructions on how to measure the longshore current. To determine the speed of the longshore current use the following equation: 10 meters by time in seconds = speed in meters per second Example #1: 10 meters 30 seconds =.33 meters per second Summary: Your floatable object moves 10 meters in 30 seconds. Therefore, the speed of the longshore current is.33 meters per second. Example #2: 10 meters 40 seconds =.25 meters per second Summary: Your floatable object moves 10 meters in 40 seconds, therefore the speed of the longshore current is 0.25 meters per second. 11. What is the direction of the longshore current? (The longshore current runs parallel to the beach.) No current S SE SW N NE NW E W 12. Did you measure the longshore current? Yes No 13. Comments or resason you did not measure the longeshore current: 14. General comments and observations about general beach conditions: Routine Visit Form 2 If you don t have internet access, mail your results to Alliance for the Great Lakes, 700 Fulton St. Ste. A, Grand Haven, MI or fax to

4 22. Describe the turbidity (cloudiness) of the water. (Check one of the options below.) Observe turbidity at the same location you take your water sample. Clear Slightly cloudy Cloudy Opaque (solid) 23. Additional observations about water quality: Routine Visit Form 4 If you don t have internet access, mail your results to Alliance for the Great Lakes, 700 Fulton St. Ste. A, Grand Haven, MI or fax to

5 III. Bather Load (Number of people at the beach) 24. For people IN or ON the water, not on the beach, describe the type of activity and number of people involved. (Use the table below to fill in the number of people involved in the activities listed below.) Type of activity Number of people engaged in this activity Sailing/ power boating Canoeing/ kayaking Jet skiing Fishing Surfing Windsurfing/ kite boarding Swimming/ wading Other (in and on the water) If other, describe the type of activity IN or ON the water: 25. What is the total number of people ON the beach, not in the water, EXCLUDING YOUR GROUP? 26. General comments and observations at the beach: Routine Visit Form 5 If you don t have internet access, mail your results to Alliance for the Great Lakes, 700 Fulton St. Ste. A, Grand Haven, MI or fax to

6 Routine Visit Form Guide If you don t have internet access, mail your results to Alliance for the Great Lakes, 700 Fulton St. Ste. A, Grand Haven, MI or fax to

8 Some adopters have the ability to use the Global Positioning System (GPS) to calculate where they take their water sample. If you can use a GPS device to measure your sample location, provide your results here: 'N (Latitude) 'W (Longitude) 30. Are there floatables (items floating in the water) present? Yes No If yes, please describe the floatables present. (Circle one or more of the options below.) Type Street litter Foodrelated litter Medical items Resin Sewagerelated Building materials Fishing related Household waste Example Cigarette filters Food packing, beverage containers Syringes Tiny plastic pellets Condoms, tampons Pieces of wood, siding Fishing line, nets, lures Household trash, plastic bags 31. Describe the amount of debris/litter on the beach. (Circle one of the options below.) Amount No Litter Very Low Low Medium High Percentage on beach 0% 1-10% 11-20% 21-50% 51% and up 32. Do you see an oily sheen on the water and/or along the beach? (Check the appropriate answer.) Yes No a. If yes, describe. b. Can you identify the source? 33. Describe the amount of algae in the water near the shore along the length of your adopted area of beach. Amount No Algae Low Medium High Percentage 0% 1-20% 21-50% 51% and up 34. Describe the amount of algae on the beach along the length of your area of adopted beach. Amount No Algae Low Medium High Percentage 0% 1-20% 21-50% 51% and up 35. Describe the type of algae along the water s edge and on the beach. (Check one or more options below.) No algae Attached to rocks, stringy Blobs of floating materials No obvious mass of materials Matted Other If other, describe: 36. Describe the color of the algae along the water s edge and on the beach. (Check one or more options below.) No algae Light green Blue green Dark green Yellow Red Brown Other If other, describe: Routine Visit Form 7 If you don t have internet access, mail your results to Alliance for the Great Lakes, 700 Fulton St. Ste. A, Grand Haven, MI or fax to

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