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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Rivers Project

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

Contact Information
Name:Robert WilliamsStreet:Southern Illinois University
City: EdwardsvilleState: Illinois
Zip Code:62026-2222Phone: 618 650-3788
Email:rivers@siue.eduWeb site1:
Fax: 618 650-3624Web 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:3000 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $40000 Year monitoring began: 1990

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

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?Yes

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
The Rivers Project is an integrated, multi-dimensional science, social studies, mathematics, and language arts project developed to introduce water quality dimensions and the study of rivers into the nation's high schools. Training is accomplished through workshops or week-long summer session swhere new teachers interact with participants from the existing network of "River Project" schools. A river watch network, tied together via the Internet and World Wide Web, provides a technological framework and access to the Project's activities and data.

Environments monitored:
Groundwater, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Alkalinity, Conductivity, BOD, Dissolved Oxygen, pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Secchi transparency, Turbidity, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Macroinvertebrates, Exotic / Invasive species

Exotic/Invasive Species:
zebra mussels;;;

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Storm drain stenciling, Groundwater education, Clean Water celebration

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program
Community organizing 
Screen for problemsState government
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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