Citizen Scientists to Share Water Quality Monitoring Results at 19th Annual River Watch Forum

Citizen science takes center stage at the University of Minnesota Crookston campus on Tuesday, March 18th as high school River Watch teams share perspectives on the health of rivers in northwest Minnesota. River Watch (RW) engages students in assessing whether their local streams meet state water quality standards.

Over 25 River Watch teams continue to provide valuable water quality data at over 150 river sites throughout northwest Minnesota. Teams will present posters of their monitoring and research results at this 19th Annual River Watch Forum. Students will also visit with resource professionals at concurrent sessions on a wide range of topics, including stream ecology, groundwater issues, Red River fishing, invasive species, and river recreation options.

Dr. Dan Svedarsky, Director of the Center for Sustainability at the UMC campus will share insights and observations about the changing landscape of the Red River Basin due to evolving agricultural practices, weather extremes, and ag policy impacts. Emerging research in renewable energy and nutrient management offers hope for a more sustainable working landscape.   

River Watch teams and partners are recognized in the afternoon at an awards ceremony for exemplary work in watershed science research and communications. School posters will be available for viewing in Bede Ballroom on the UMC campus from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, and will be posted on the International Water Institute River Watch Website after the Forum.  The Forum is hosted by the International Water Institute and the Red River Watershed Management Board with support from the Minnesota Clean Water Legacy Fund.  

More information on the 2014 River Watch Forum and the River Watch program can be found at http://iwinst.org/riverwatchforum.htm or contact Wayne Goeken at 218-280-0516. 

Contact: Wayne Goeken, special projects coordinator, International Water Institute, 218-280-0516 (wayne@iwinst.org)

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