Two Guys in Waders: Preserving the Ten Mile Creek
As Level 3 Water Action Volunteer monitors, we conduct monthly tests at 11 locations in the Ten Mile Creek watershed, which leads into the head waters of Lake Petenwell. All data collected is loaded into the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) database and is currently being used in the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement. For the preservation of any watershed, we believe that it is essential for a program to require the involvement of local government, citizen volunteers, and DNR biologists. After four years, we have evolved from waterfront property owners to highly-trained, competent scientific data collectors. If we can do it.....we know that you can, too.
Rob Borski, Water Action Volunteer Citizen Monitor
Brian Hamm, Water Action Volunteer Citizen Monitor
Incorporating Monitoring into Your Association: Why or How an Established Organization gets Members Involved in Stream Monitoring
Recruiting volunteer stream monitors and matching them up with monitoring sites has been challenging. Sometimes a site is selected to match the desires and proximity of the volunteer without a strategic need for data at that particular site. In the Central Sands Region, target sites are selected in consultation with the Department of Natural Resources Streams Biologist, where data gathered will provide the best picture of watershed health. Teams are then recruited to monitor at these specific locations. A few of these examples will be presented.
Bob Jozwowski, Coordinator, Central Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited River Keepers