In Wisconsin citizen monitoring data is becoming increasingly important for rivers and lakes to assess water health and to make management decisions. Most people think that the Department of Natural Resources or the county Land and Water Conservation Departments have data on all of Wisconsin’s rivers and lakes. However, only a small portion of rivers, streams or lakes have been systematically monitored. Very few have continuous monitoring stations operated by USGS.
In the Rock River Basin people interested in volunteer stream monitoring have several choices. The Rock River Coalition uses Water Action Volunteer (WAV) protocols. Learn more about this joint UW-Extension and DNR program at WAV.