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Illinois RiverWatch

Main Project Information
Goal Assess long-term changes in Illinois stream ecosystem health.
Task Sample streams and collect aquatic organisms.
Where One Confluence Way, East Alton, 62024 Illinois 62024 USA

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.

How to Join

To register for workshops, head to:

For more information on what it takes to be a Citizen Science Volunteer with Illinois River Watch, check out this program brochure:

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Ideal Age Group Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags biology, creeks, illinois, monitoring, river, streams, water
Project Updated 08/05/2017