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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Stream Discovery

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

Contact Information
Name:Rebecca SteinerStreet:5800 Godfrey Road
City: GodfreyState: Illinois
Zip Code:62035Phone: 618-468-4874
Email:rsteiner@lc.eduWeb site1:
Fax: Web 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: 1998

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Governmentx State Government Local Government
x Foundations Businesses Memberships
x 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?Yes

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Stream Discovery is an environmental education program that provides youth with a hands-on opportunity to learn about, care for, and protect local streams. The program integrates stream sampling with other service learning projects such as cleanups and plantings. Discovery is a fun, inexpensive way to bring the classroom outdoors, engage youth in a community service, and help them foster a sense of stewardship for the environment. The program staff work work with educators to find a small to medium size, wadeable stream near the school/facility. Training events are offered each year.

Stream Discovery is an Illinois-based program administered by the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center.

Environments monitored:
River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
BOD, Dissolved Oxygen, Flow/Water level, Hardness, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Secchi transparency, Turbidity, Water temp., a complete habitat survey

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

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

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Human use surveys, Land use surveys, Storm drain stenciling, Stream channel morphology

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program
Research Our program
Community organizing 
Screen for problemsOur program
Establish baseline conditionsOur program
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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