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Wednesday, January 31 • 11:20am - 11:40am
SYMPOSIA-15: Citizen Science Based Water Quality Monitoring in the Milwaukee River Basin

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AUTHORS. Zac Driscoll, Cheryl Nenn - Milwaukee Riverkeeper

ABSTRACT. In 2006, Milwaukee Riverkeeper established our citizen-based water quality monitoring program and to date have trained over 400 volunteers to test water quality in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic Rivers and their tributaries.  Currently, we have 95 volunteers monitoring over 100 river and stream stations throughout the Milwaukee River Basin, making our program one of the largest citizen science water quality programs in the state. We monitor for many different parameters, including turbidity, dissolved oxygen, temperature, phosphorus, and macroinvertebrates. Data from our program is shared directly with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and is used by Biologists in making management decisions, including identifying and listing Impaired Waters.  In addition to baseline monitoring, we have expanded our program to include other citizen science programs, such as road salt monitoring and native mussel monitoring.  Within this talk we will give an overview of our program and present case studies of how we have used citizens to effectively collect valuable data.  

Wednesday January 31, 2018 11:20am - 11:40am CST