Scott and Bruce collect invertebrates during invertebrate Scott and Bruce collect invertebrates during River Watch monitoring of Crooked Creek a tributary to the Sangamon River.

The USRC works to monitor the quality of the Sangamon River and the streams that feed into it.

River Watch 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 these precious resources.
If you think you might be interested in working with the USRC on river monitoring, training is available.

Learn more about training opportunities on the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Riverwatch Facebook Page