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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Friends of the Fox River

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

Contact Information
Name:Gary Swick Street:P.O. Box 5634
City: ElginState: Illinois
Zip Code:60121-5634Phone: 815 370-0026
Email:swick@mc.netWeb site1:
Fax: 815 356-6605Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):74
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:16 Students Number:480

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $500 Year monitoring began: 1991

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

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?No Is it state-approved?Yes
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:
Friends of the Fox River is an educational organization that seeks to create a watershed of caretakers. Our primary activities include a monitoring network, Fox rescue clean-up, newsletters, and educational support and presentations.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Dissolved Oxygen, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Turbidity, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Restoration

Restoration activities:
cleanups, planting, invasives removal

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


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