About the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Awards Program

Since 2002, the University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have recognized exemplary work in volunteer stream monitoring in Wisconsin through the annual awards program.

Individuals and groups are recognized for their efforts leading to increased participation in stream monitoring, collecting stream data, and sharing their knowledge of stream monitoring.

Recognition categories include:

  • Adult Volunteer(s) - recognizing an individual or small team of monitors.
  • Group- recognizing a monitoring network, watershed organization, citizens' group or other collaboration.
  • Teacher or Classroom- recognizing the efforts of an individual teacher and his/her classroom OR the collaborative efforts of multiple teachers and/or classrooms.
  • Youth Volunteer(s)- recognizing youth who participate in monitoring activities outside of the classroom.
  • Employee- Recognizing an individual who contributes leadership to volunteer stream monitoring as a part of his/her job duties.
  • Rookie- recognizing an individual or group makinga positive contribution to monitoring in their first season.

To nominate an individual or group (self-nominations accepted) submit the following:

  • Nomination Statement
    • Nominator's: name, address, email address, phone number
    • Nominee's: name, address, email address, phone number
    • Location of monitoring: county, stream/river/watershed
    • Category (adult, group, teacher/classroom, youth, employee, rookie)
    • A description of how the nominee's achievements meet award criteria listed below (1 page limit)
  • One letter of support from someone other than the nominator or the nominee
  • (Optional) Supporting information such as news articles or educational materials developed (Limit of two documents)

Award recipients will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Investment of substantial time in stream monitoring efforts
  • Participation in a diverse range of stream/water quality-realted activities
  • Support of stream stewardship (e.g., buffers, greenways)
  • A record of sharing skills and information about water quality with others
  • A commitment to developing relationships and partnerships in stream monitoring efforts
  • A record of how the nominee's work has benefited Wisconsin streams or rivers

Nomination deadline is January 29, 2019. Nominations can be submitted via email or US mail to:

  • Whitney Prestby, UW-Extension Natural Resources Educator,
  • Whitney Prestby, UW-Green Bay, Room ES-307, 2420 Nicolet Dr., Green Bay WI 54311

Previous award recipients may be nominated again, however, include only work done since last winning the award. Award recipients will be honored on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the Banquet and Awards Ceremony for Wisconsin Lake Stewardship and Volunteer Stream Monitoring, held during the Annual Lakes Partnership Convention and Water Action Volunteers Symposium.

Questions? Contact Peggy Compton ( at 608-342-1633


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