Level 2

Community Outreach

Part of the mission of the Citizen-based Water Monitoring Network is to build a network of informed citizen advocates for management and protection of Wisconsin’s water resources. A component of this is to share with local communities the information that is collected by citizen monitors. By sharing information about citizens' efforts and results in an easy to understand format, the hope is that as many people as possible will understand how our land uses affect water quality and what the status of our waters is based on citizen monitoring results.

To help share information about the program and results obtained by the citizen monitors, Dr. Bret Shaw, assistant professor in the Life Sciences Communications Department at UW-Madison, partnered with the WAV Stream Monitoring Program to learn more about activities of the citizen monitors and to help share results and happenings with media in local communities.

Graduate student Elizabeth Goers has conducted a series of interviews with Level 2 Stream Monitors and is working with Dr. Shaw and the WAV Stream Monitoring Program Coordinators to develop a series of news articles and radio spots about the program and its results. The following have been published to date:

"Monitors help improve quality of area streams" (11 KB pdf file) October 16, 2008 in The Reporter (Fond du Lac)

In Our Backyard: "Citizens Play a Part in Monitoring Our Streams and Rivers" (3.7 MB mp3 file), October 20, 2008 on WORT Community Radio (Madison).

TU Members Help Trout and Trout Streams (543 KB pdf file) November 28, 2008 in Wisconsin Outdoor News

Redford is watching the area waters (698 KB pdf file) December 11, 2008 in the Cambridge News

Greenwood resident invested in water quality (16 KB pdf file) January 16, 2009 in the Marshfield News-Herald

Gays Mills residents serve as stream monitors on Branch Creek (394 KB pdf) February 2, 2009 in the Courier Press

Keeping their feet wet: Area water monitors focus on projects that are fun and encourage people (467 KB pdf) as it appeared in the Phillips Bee, May 4, 2009

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