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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Illinois RiverWatch Citizen Scientist Program

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):
The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center

Contact Information
Name:Nate KeenerStreet:5800 Godfrey Road
City: GodfreyState: Illinois
Zip Code:62035Phone: 618-468-2782
Email:nkeener@lc.eduWeb site1:
Fax: 618-468-7221Web 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: Students Number:

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 1995

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?Yes 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:
all Illinois counties

Program description:
RiverWatch is a statewide stream monitoring program utilizing trained citizen volunteers to provide information on the health of Illinois' streams and give researchers and policy makers the ability to plan and tend to the future of our state's water resources.

RiverWatch volunteers, or Citizen Scientists, examine indicators like stream habitat and the diversity of species such as mayflies, caddisflies, stoneflies and snails. These organisms display varying tolerances to pollution and habitat changes and are good indicators of stream health. Monitoring is conducted once a year between May 1- June 30th.

RiverWatch is a program of the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, whose primary focus is to advance our understanding of the great rivers through research, education and outreach.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Flow/Water level, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Terrestrial vegetation, Exotic / Invasive species

Exotic/Invasive Species:
zebra mussel, Asiatic clam, Chinese mystery snail, rusty crayfish

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Debris monitoring, Human use surveys, Land use surveys, Photographic surveys, Pipe surveys

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Research Our program, Non-governmental community organizations
Community organizing 
Screen for problemsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
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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