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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Friends of the Chicago River
Chicago River Schools Network

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):

Contact Information
Name:Chris Parson Street:407 S. Dearborn; Suite 1580
City: ChicagoState: Illinois
Zip Code:60605-Phone: 312 939-0490
Fax: 312 939-0931Web site2:

Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? Yes

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):0
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:15 Students Number:450

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 1993

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State Government Local Government
Foundations Businesses Memberships
Donations Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?No Is it state-approved?No
EPA-approved? No

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?No

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Chicago River Schools Network acts as a facilitator for teachers. Most of our teachers are involved with either the Rivers Project at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville or the Illinois DNR's Eco-Watch program Plan-It Earth.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Turbidity, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
Community organizing 
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditions 
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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