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Red River Basin River Watch
Monitoring program names:
Red River Basin River Watch

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



Contact Information
Name:Wayne GoekenStreet:40048 160th Ave SE
City: ErskineState: Minnesota
Zip Code:56535Phone: 218-574-2622
Email:wrg@gvtel.comWeb site1:http://
Fax: Web site2:


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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:29 Students Number:174

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $85,000 Year monitoring began: 1995

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

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

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?Yes

Counties in which you monitor:
In Minnesota: Kittson; Roseau; Marshall; Pennington; Polk; Red Lake; Clearwater; Beltrami; Norman; Mahnomen; Clay; Wilkin; Grant; Traverse; Becker; Otter Tail; Traverse; Stevens; Big Stone.

Program description:
School-based monitoring program supported by Red River Watershed Management Board to assist in meeting RRWMB data needs and providing hands-on education opportunities for area students. As of 2005, 29 schools are monitoring over 150 river sites in the Red River Basin of NW Minnesota. Monthly monitoring via electronic meters of dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity, temperature, turbidity, and depth from April-October. Standard operating procedures and quality assurance project plans in place. Data used by resource managers for baseline condition assessments and project monitoring.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Dissolved Oxygen, Flow/Water level, pH, Secchi transparency, Turbidity, Water temp., transparency tube


Biological monitoring:
Habitat assessments

Exotic/Invasive Species:


Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Photographic surveys, River Watch Forum--a gathering of school River Watch teams to display poster boards about their monitoring efforts and results. Also presentation and training opportunities at these annual Forums.

Restoration activities:




Data Uses
EducationOur program, Local government, State government, University scientists
AdvocacyOur program
Research Our program, Local government, State government, University scientists
Community organizingOur program, Local government
Screen for problemsOur program, Local government, State government
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Local government, State government
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planningOur program, Local government, State government
Plan restoration projectsOur program, Local government, State government
Enforcement 
Legislation 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) reportOur program, Local government, State government
Other
 

 

 
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