Who's Who of Citizen-based Monitoring in Wisconsin.
  		Photo: Wisconsin River - K. Mooney
Water Action Volunteers Stream Monitoring

Affiliation:
UWEX / WDNR

Contact Information:
Peggy Compton
Program Coordinator
337 Gardner Hall, 1 University Plaza
Plattevill, WI 53818
608.342.1633
peggy.compton@ces.uwex.edu

Year Started:
1996



Purpose:
To provide a program for Wisconsin citizens who want to learn about and improve the quality of Wisconsin streams and rivers. Citizen groups from throughout Wisconsin are using Water Action Volunteer and DNR sampling protocols to monitor the health of their hometown streams and rivers. They monitor a variety of parameters to assess physical, chemical, and biological health of their local streams.

Subject Area(s):
Rivers/Streams
Invertebrates (mussels, dragonflies, etc.)
Exotics/Invasive Species

Data Type(s) Collected:
Physical parameters
Biological parameters
Chemical parameters
GIS mapping/monitoring
Habitat Conditions and/or Availability
Distribution and Range
Threats to Populations
Population Health
Population Trends
Population Status


# of Volunteers:
1400 students 425 adults

Hours/Volunteer/Year:
10

Volunteer Services:
Training sessions for new volunteers
Conferences
Volunteer monitor newsletter
Group website
Data analysis and reporting
Email list or list-serve for volunteers
Staff consultation with individual monitors
Regular meetings throughout the year
Advanced training sessions for experienced monitors
Links to websites of other programs

Accepting New Volunteers?
Yes


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