In 2006, Milwaukee Riverkeeper established anetwork of trained citizen-science volunteers who monitor streams and rivers throughout the Milwaukee River Basin during the months of May through October. Our volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program is partof the statewide Water Action Volunteers (WAV) Stream Monitoring Program managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and University of Wisconsin- Extension (UW-Ex).
Monitoring sites are located within the three major watersheds and correspondingsubwatersheds of the Milwaukee River Basin:
1) Milwaukee River Watershed: North Branch Milwaukee River Subwatershed, Eastand West Branch Milwaukee River Subwatershed,Cedar Creek Subwatershed, and South Branch Milwaukee River Subwatershed,
2) Menomonee River Watershed, and
3) Kinnickinnic River Watershed.
Our volunteerwater quality monitors aid in keeping tabs on our water quality throughout the year and serve as additional “eyes, ears and noses” in the field. Our volunteer water quality monitors help recognize and identify questionable practices, erosion control violations, illicit discharges, and more. Our volunteer water quality monitoring programbuilds on the WDNR’s and UW-EX’s efforts to improve the quality and quantity of citizen science data used to monitor the health of our waterways.