Monitoring Opportunities with the Center for Watershed Science and Education
If you have not seen a project that meets your interests/needs in the lists of those available in levels 1, 2, or 3, designing a monitoring project may be another option. One way of doing this is to work with the Center for Watershed Science and Education (CWSE) at UW-Stevens Point. CWSE works with local volunteers and county agencies that are interested in studying a river's water quality problems. Typically the volunteers are involved with collecting, preparing, and shipping river samples for water quality analysis at the state certified UW-Stevens Point Water and Environmental Analysis Lab. Citizens may also be involved in other aspects of the study including monitoring precipitation, making winter observations, taking staff gage measures, etc. CWSE provides training and guidance for the volunteers. We have found this to be a unique way of educating local citizens about how their watershed functions and where water quality problems may originate. These types of projects are funded through grants that the participating citizens' group has obtained to do the monitoring.
Staff at UW-Stevens Point's Center for Watershed Science and Education include faculty, UW-Extension staff, UWSP staff, graduate and undergraduate students.
Water Resource Scientist