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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Illinois Water Sentinels

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

Contact Information
Name:Cindy Skrukrud, Ph.D.Street:200 N. Michigan; Suite 505
City: ChicagoState: Illinois
Zip Code:60601Phone: 312-251-1680
Email:cskrukrud@earthlink.netWeb site1:
Fax: 312-251-1780Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):150
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:3 Students Number:9

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 2001

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

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?No

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
The Illinois Water Sentinels monitor selected streams in multiple basins in northern Illinois.

Environments monitored:
Beach, Lake or Pond, River or Stream, Wetland

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Dissolved Oxygen, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Turbidity, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Bacteria, Fecal coliform

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, University scientists
AdvocacyOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Research Our program, Non-governmental community organizations, University scientists
Community organizingOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Screen for problemsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Nonpoint source assessmentOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
BMP evaluationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Land use decisions 
Watershed planningOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Plan restoration projects 
EnforcementOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) reportOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, State government


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