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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Conservation Foundation
DuPage River Care Riverwatch

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

Contact Information
Name:Erin Tuttle, Tara NeffStreet:10 S. 404 Knoch Knolls Rd.
City: NapervilleState: Illinois
Zip Code:60565Phone: 630 428-4500 ext. 41 or 23 or tneff@theconservationfoundation.orgWeb site1:
Fax: 630 790-1071Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):0
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

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

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 published by NGRREC - Riverwatcher

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
RiverWatch is a program of the National Great RIvers Research and Education Center, a partnership among Lewis and Clark Community College, the University of Illinois and the Illinois Natural History Survey. The Conservation Foundation supports and encourages the RiverWatch Citizen Scientist program to help connect citizens with local ecology and opportunities for stewardship. The conservation Foundation serves as a local partner by maintaining and lending river monitoring kits and the use of microscopes to citizen scientists.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Turbidity, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Phytoplankton, Terrestrial vegetation

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Land use surveys, Pipe surveys, Restoration, Storm drain stenciling, Substrate siltation coverage, stream discharge estimates, channel alteration

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program
Research Our program
Community organizing 
Screen for problems 
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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