About the Volunteer Stream Monitoring Awards Program

In 2002, the University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources implemented the Wisconsin Volunteer Stream Monitoring Awards Program to recognize exemplary work in volunteer stream monitoring in Wisconsin. 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.

This awards program is designed to promote the awareness of and participation in volunteer stream monitoring work in Wisconsin. Winners will receive an engraved plaque.

There are 5 categories in which those who support volunteer stream monitoring can be acknowledged:

  • Adult Volunteer- recognizing an individual over age 18 at the time of service
  • Student Volunteer (s)- recognizing an individual or group of students (outside of classroom activities) age 18 or younger at the time of service
  • Group Effort- recognizing a group of monitors working within 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
  • Employee- recognizing an individual who contributes leadership to volunteer stream monitoring as a part of his/her job duties

Previous winners may be nominated again, however, nomination materials should include only work the individual or group has done since winning the award.

More information about the awards and nominating an individual or group for an award is available. View 2017 nomination information (92 kb pdf) >>

Award recipients will be honored on April 7th during the WAV Symposium (held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention).

Nominations should be submitted by March 3, 2017 to Chad Cook, UW-Extension Natural Resources Educator, 625 E. County Road Y, Suite 600, Oshkosh, WI 54901.  Email nominations to

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Chad Cook by email or phone at 920-232-1990 or Peggy Compton by email or phone at 608-342-1633.





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