Illinois RiverWatch Network

***We envision a collaborative river-monitoring network of citizens, organizations, agencies, private interests and governments working together to ensure the health and beauty of Illinois streams and watersheds.




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Citizen Scientist Program

RiverWatch certified volunteers, referred to as Citizen Scientists, collect high quality scientific data that will subsequently be used by professionals and the general public to gauge long-term trends in stream health, develop land management strategies, identify potentially degraded waters, and assess the effectiveness of restoration projects. Through monitoring, Citizen Scientists obtain a greater understanding and appreciation for our rivers and streams and serve as advocates for the protection of those resources.


Stream Discovery Program

Discovery is a successful environmental education project 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.


To learn more contact Nate Keener, at 618-468-2782 or by e-mail at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it