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Photo: USFWS
Participation fee $0
Expenses $0
Spend the time outdoors
Location Illinois
Appropriate for kids no
Teaching materials no


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All data sheets are provided online. Information on how to acquire testing kits is provided at workshops.


Illinois RiverWatch


Assess long-term changes in Illinois stream ecosystem health.
Sample streams and collect aquatic organisms.

The Illinois RiverWatch program engages citizen science volunteers in stewardship, education, and science for Illinois rivers. By becoming a trained volunteer, you can help collect a variety of quality ensured data and help contribute to statewide biological monitoring efforts. There are over 1,500 volunteers already monitoring streams in the state, but there are still more streams waiting to be claimed!

The training process involves attending a workshop that will help train volunteers in data collection and give you all the tools you need to monitor a stream of your choice. Soon, you will be a true citizen scientist and take part in collaborative efforts to keep Illinois’ streams clean and beautiful, sharing your data with other organizations, state agencies, and private interests.




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