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Illinois RiverWatch Network

A statewide partnership of organizations and individuals working to protect Illinois’ streams.

Illinois RiverWatch Network

RiverWatch is a statewide partnership of organizations and individuals working to protect Illinois’ streams. Certified volunteers, referred to as Citizen Scientists, collect reliable water quality data that are use to determine how the conditions of stream are changing over time. Data on streams dating back to 1995 are maintained d by NGRREC in an online, user-friendly database. Following an eight-hour training workshop, Citizen Scientists adopt a stream site and conduct an annual habitat and biological survey of their site between May 1 and June 30. The program is available to all Illinois residents ages 18 and older. No prior experience is required. Training events are provided March to April and sampling equipment is available at numerous facilities around the state at no cost to the volunteer.

 

Keywords:

Topic - water monitoring

Audience - adults

Location - Illinois

Goals - education, awareness, trend data

 

Collaborators:

National Great Rivers Research and Education Center

 

Contact:

Vera Bojic email Vera

  618-468-2881

Citizen science, volunteer monitoring, participatory action research... this site supports organizers of all initiatives where public participants are involved in scientific research.

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