Imagine: a collaborative network of citizens and organizations working together to ensure the health and beauty of Illinois streams, rivers, and their watersheds. Through The Conservation Foundation, volunteers have been contributing to The Illinois RiverWatch Network, by being trained for the Citizen Scientists Monitoring Program. This program trains volunteers to collect and analyze data for a section of a local stream or river. Information gathered at each site is compiled into a database and used to support the work of state scientists and watershed groups.

The Illinois RiverWatch Network is a volunteer monitoring initiative coordinated by the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC). The program seeks to provide consistent, high-quality data that can be used to measure how the conditions of Illinois streams are changing over time, as well as to connect Illinois citizens with local ecology and opportunities for stewardship.

Thanks, in part, to funding from the DuPage County Stormwater Management Division, The Conservation Foundation is able to loan monitoring kits to RiverWatch volunteers as they do their field work, as well as provide support to monitors as they assess and submit their data. If you would like to participate in this program next spring, please contact Erin Tuttle: etuttle@theconservationfoundation.org.