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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Freeport High School ForestWatch and RiverWatch

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

Contact Information
Name:Pete Jackson; Marylin Lisowski;
Kurt D. Schilling; Chuck Wheeler
Street:701 W. Moseley St.
City: FreeportState: Illinois
Zip Code:61032-4938Phone: 815 235-0400
Email:Web site1:http://
Fax: -Web site2:

Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? No

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):1
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:1 Students Number:47

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $50 Year monitoring began: 1997

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

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?Yes Is it state-approved?Yes
EPA-approved? Yes

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:
Freeport High School's River Watch program collects and evaluates macroinvertebrates in a local stream. Our Plan-It Forest Watch studies the ecology of forest trees (type and size), invertebrates, and reptiles over time.

Environments monitored:
Land, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
pH, Phosphorus, Rainfall, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Exotic / Invasive species, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Human use surveys, Photographic surveys

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Local government, State government, University scientists
Research Local government, State government, University scientists
Community organizingLocal government
Screen for problemsOur program, Local government, State government
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, University scientists
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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