Illinois RiverWatch Network

January 1st, 1995 - January 1st, 1995 | PROJECT

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.

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National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, Contributor
Matthew Young, Contact, Lewis and Clark Community College


Audience: Adults
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | Life science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Citizen Science Programs | Public Programs