Citizen Science RiverWatch Training

By Duane Friend

The Illinois RiverWatch Network will be providing training to volunteers on monitoring stream water quality in Jacksonville on Earth Day.

RiverWatch is a statewide partnership of organizations and individuals working to protect Illinois streams. Certified volunteers examine indicators like stream habitats and macroinvertebrate (stream bug) communities to provide water quality data to scientists to show how streams are changing over time.

Currently, less than 20 percent of stream miles in Illinois are being monitored, so the data collected by volunteer citizen scientists is indispensable.

The training will take place on April 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Illinois Extension office in Jacksonville, 104 North Westgate. Classroom and field activities are included.

Registration is $50 per person, but is free for 4-H groups.

To register, contact Matt Young at 618-468-2784 or riverwatch@lc.edu.

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