Water Action Volunteers in the field


Sample Press Release


Below you will find a sample press release that you can copy and paste into your local word processing program and edit to fit your local program's needs. Many thanks to Suzanne Wade of the Rock River Basin for providing the sample!


Contact Information
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Citizens to Get Involved in __[add your Basin or local area here]__ Stream Monitoring

The __[add your local program’s sponsors here]__ are beginning a new citizen river monitoring program, with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources and University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Water Action Volunteers Program and __[list sources of funding or cooperators for your program]__. The project will provide important information and allow local people to learn more about selected wadable streams in __[list the counties, towns, etc. that are part of your local program]__.

“Monitoring is an important way to obtain baseline and trend data”, states Kris Stepenuck, previous Water Action Volunteers Coordinator. Consistent monitoring information is needed in order to make informed resource decisions,” states ___[name]_______ _[county]_______ [their title]. “It will help us protect our high quality water areas and point out areas where more effort should be made by our agency.” __[personalize as desired]__

Starting in the spring of __[add year]__, the Water Action Volunteers Program, working with __[list your agency]___ as the local coordinator, will be training families, business teams, groups and other interested individuals to test the__[list streams where monitoring will occur]___. Specific watersheds, where information is particularly needed, may be targeted in __[list your county/area]____.

Volunteers will be trained to take measurements of oxygen dissolved in the water, temperature, water clarity, water flow and habitat. Volunteers will also collect samples of the life living in rocky areas, under banks and in weed beds of the stream. By finding crayfish, mayflies, clams and other invertebrates, then identifying them and using a simple form, the volunteer will be able to tell whether the water quality is excellent, good, fair or poor. Using animal life to determine water quality is called a biotic index.

For more information call __[your local coordinator’s name and phone number]__ or Peggy Compton, WAV Coordinator at 608-342-1633. You can also learn more about the program on the Water Action Volunteers’ website at


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