State & National Volunteer Networks




Adopt-A-Stream Foundation

The Adopt-A-Stream Foundation was established in 1985 to ensure that

Pacific Northwest streams continue to provide spawning and rearing habitat

for wild salmon, steelhead, and trout, while continuing to serve a

recreational and commercial function. Their mission is "to empower people

to become stewards of their watersheds."

Adopt-A-Stream provides:

· Environmental Education Programs - Streamkeeper field training workshops,

Salmon fashion show school assemblies, Watershed education workshops,

Wetland Wizards field training, Wetland Wigglers youth programs.

Environmental Education Publications - Adopting A Stream: A Northwest

Handbook; Adopting A Wetland: A Northwest Guide; Streamkeepers Field Guide:

Watershed Inventory and Stream Monitoring Methods; The Streamkeeper Video,

featuring Bill Nye "The Science Guy", and more!


Adopt-A-Stream Foundation
600 128th Street S.E.
Everett, WA 98208
Fax: 206/338-1423



Alabama Water Watch

The Alabama Water Watch Program Office provides management and training of volunteers,

testing and data analysis of watersheds.  The Alabama Water Watch Association is a non-profit

affiliation of citizen monitoring groups.  Funding is provided in part by grants from the US-EPA,

the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, and Legacy Inc, Partners in

Environmental Education.  AWW is coordinated through Auburn University’s:

Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, and the International Center for Aquaculture

and Aquatic Environments.  The program office publishes maps, a calendar of events,

lists of groups, and more information on their website.  They have also developed and distribute

the “Bio-assess Game,” to simulate stream biological assessment and watershed evaluation in the classroom.

AWW Program Office:
203 Swingle hall
Department of Fisheries
Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849
334-844-4785 (ph)
888-844-4785 (toll free)
334-844-9208 (fax)



 American Rivers

American Rivers is a national conservation organization dedicated to

protecting and restoring America's river systems and to fostering a river

stewardship ethic. The organization was founded in 1973 to expand the

number of rivers protected by the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

Along with its conservation efforts, American Rivers promotes public

awareness about the importance of healthy rivers and the threats that face


American Rivers enhances grassroots river conservation efforts through

conservation expertise and public education. American Rivers' programs also

address flood control and hydropower policy reform, endangered aquatic and

riparian species protection, western instream flow, clean water and urban


Based in Washington, D.C., American Rivers operates regional offices in

Phoenix, Arizona, and Seattle, Washington.

American Rivers focuses conservation efforts on three key elements of

healthy rivers: headwaters, natural flows, and riparian zones.

American Rivers

1025 Vermont Ave., N.W., Suite 720
Washington, D.C. 20005
Fax: 202/347-9240


Coalition to Restore Urban Waters (CRUW)

CRUW is a national network of diverse grassroots groups working to protect

and restore urban watersheds, waterways, and wetlands. The Coalition works

with local communities to address the unique values, opportunities, and

issues of urban waterways. While the Coalition focuses on urban ecosystems,

it recognizes the connection among urban environments and rural, suburban,

and wildlands watersheds.

The coalition's Political Action Committee (CRUW-PAC) actively pursues

CRUW's legislative agenda, including an effort to amend the Clean Water Act

to require states to establish citizen water quality and watershed

monitoring programs.

The Coalition provides its partners with:

· networking and information sharing

· technical assistance and successful restoration models

· promotion of economic opportunities through restoration of urban waters

· a forum for collaboration and partnerships

· opportunities for environmental education

· assistance with funding opportunities

For more information and a listing of CRUW's regional offices,


Julie Vincentz


1401 Wilson Blvd., Level B
Arlington, VA 22209

For information about CRUW-PAC, contact:

Ann L. Riley

California Natural Resources Foundation
1250 Addison St., #107
Berkeley, CA 94702


Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)

GLOBE is a worldwide network of students, teachers, and scientists working together to

study and understand the global environment.

GLOBE students make a core set of environmental observations at or near

their schools and report their data via the Internet.

Scientists use GLOBE data in their research and provide feedback to the

students to enrich their science education. Each day, images created from

the GLOBE student data sets are posted on the World Wide Web, allowing

students and visitors to the GLOBE web site to visualize the student

environmental observations.

GLOBE science and education activities help students reach higher levels of

achievement in science and math. GLOBE helps to increase the environmental

awareness of all individuals while increasing our scientific understanding

of the earth.




Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN)

GREEN is an international network of active schools

and communities in over 50 nations and every state in the United States.

The central office is also a clearinghouse of teaching and monitoring

strategies to study water quality. GREEN provides materials and ideas for

people interested in evaluating and improving local water quality through

hands-on monitoring and problem-solving.

GREEN publications are listed in the "Resources: Handbooks, Guides, Videos"

section of this directory.

Public workshops on three environmental education topics are offered at

various locations around the country by GREEN. Each workshop lasts three

days; cost of $90 includes curriculum materials. Workshop topics are:

· What's GREEN & WET? An introduction to Watershed Education.

· Environmental Education for Empowerment: Students Solving Problems in

their Own Neighborhood. Participants learn techniques for helping students

investigate real-world problems, make decisions, and take action.

· River of Words: Exploring Watersheds through Poetry, Art and Ecology.

For additional information, including a complete listing of workshop

locations and dates, please contact:


Carolyn Henne

206 South Fifth Ave., Suite 150
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: 313/761-8142
Fax: 313/761-4951



Great American Secchi Dip-In

The North American Lake Management Society, and the United States

Environmental Protection Agency invite you to participate in the Great

American Secchi Dip-In.

The Great American Secchi Dip-In began on July 4th weekend, 1994. The

Dip-In is a concerted effort by volunteer monitors to gather transparency

data on the world's water bodies during a short period each summer. Last

summer more than 2000 volunteers participated.

The data gathered by the volunteers is used to produce a snapshot of

transparency over North America and, someday, the world.

The Dip-In is an annual event, providing yearly maps of transparency. While

a single annual sample cannot say much about trends in a single lake,

yearly samples taken during the Dip-In may allow us to see regional changes

in transparency.

For information on participating in this yearly event, contact North

American Lake Management Society (NALMS) at 608/233-2836 or view their

homepage on the World Wide Web at

For more information visit the website:, or


Dr. Robert Carlson

Dept. Biological Sciences
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242

Email: RCarlson@Kent.Edu

 (SEE ALSO: North American Lake Managment Society (NALMS))



The Groundwater Foundation

The Groundwater Foundation provides various programs, conferences, and

publications including the Groundwater Guardian Program.

The Groundwater Guardian Program encourages communities to begin

groundwater awareness and protection activities, supports the community in

their efforts, and recognizes their achievements. This international

program began in 1994. In 1996, 98 communities entered the program and 84

were designated as Groundwater Guardians.

The Groundwater Foundation sponsors three youth programs: Children's

Groundwater Festival, Groundwater University (Grades 7-12), and Groundwater

Grad School. It also sponsors a Water Festival Workshop, a Fall Symposium

Series, and the Groundwater Guardian conference annually.

The Groundwater Foundation publications reach a diverse audience with three

newsletters (The Aquifer, Infiltration, and Sprinkles), keeping members and

interested citizens abreast of groundwater news.

Members receive a one-year subscription to all three publications. The

Groundwater Foundation publications are listed in the "Resources:

Handbooks, Guides, Videos" section of this directory.

The Groundwater Foundation

P.O. Box 22558
Lincoln, NE 68542-2558
Fax: 402/434-2742



IOWATER Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring

IOWATER is a statewide citizen-based volunteer water quality monitoring program that is a

direct result of the interest of Iowa’s people to improve the quality of the water resources. 

Citizen monitors supply data and reinforce the concept of public ownership of the environment. 

Volunteers are supported with on-site training workshops, standardized levels of testing,

user-friendly databases, testing equipment, financial assistance and tools for local advocacy

on local water quality issues.  IOWATER is a cooperative effort of the Iowa Department of

Natural Resources, Iowa Environmental Council, Iowa division of the Izaak Walton League of America,

NRCS, University of Iowa’s Hygienic Lab, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Student Environmental Council,

Trees Forever, Iowa Dept. of Ag. and Land Stewardship, Iowa Assn. of Naturalists, Iowa Resource Cons. and Dev,

Iowa State Univ. Extension, Iowa Conservation Education Council and many local groups, organizations and individuals.

Richard Leopold, IOWATER Coordinator

Wallace State Office Building,
502 East 9th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
515-281-3252 (ph)
515-281-8895 (fax)


Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance (KVHA) & Streamlink

The KVHA and Streamlink provide educational opportunities to increase student awareness and understanding

of the Kansas River Valley and its watershed.  These initiatives are currently limited to teachers in counties adjacent

to the Kansas River.  StreamLink is a K-12 cross-curricular program designed to build students’ water literacy through

water quality assessment and general watershed education.

Allison Reber, Education Coordinator

Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance

414 E. 9th St, Suite B
Lawrence, KS 66044-2629
785-840-0700 (ph)
785-843-6080 (fax)


Know Your Watershed

The Conservation Technology Information Center's Know Your Watershed

program maintains a database of watersheds, informational materials, and

watershed groups. Visit their website to learn more about their other

programs and resources.

Conservation Technology Information Center

1220 Potter Drive, Room 170
West Lafayette, IN 47906-1383
Fax: 765/494-5969




North American Lake Managment Society (NALMS)

NALMS-North American Lake Managment Society's mission is to forge

partnerships among citizens, scientists, and professionals to foster the

management and protection of lakes and reservoirs for today and tomorrow.


· To facilitate the exchange of information on the technical and

administrative aspects of lake mangement.

· To promote public awareness of lake ecosystems.

· To encourage public support for national, state, or provincial, and local

programs promoting lake management.

· To provide guidance to public and private agencies involved in or

planning lake management activities.

· To improve the professional status of all persons engaged in any aspect

of lake management.

· To identify needs and encourage research on lake ecology and watershed


NALMS publications are listed in the "Resources: Handbooks, Guides, Videos"

section of this directory.

(See Also: Great American Secchi Dip-In)


PO Box 5443
Madison, WI 53705-5443
Fax: 608/233-3186


River Watch Network (RWN)

River Watch Network is a national, non-profit organization that works

with community groups to develop river monitoring and protection programs.

RWN offers organizational and technical assistance to conservation

organizations, high school and college teachers, students, and citizen

volunteers. RWN now has a corps of 6,000 volunteers nationwide working to

restore and protect rivers.

River Watch Network

National Office:
520 SW 6th Avenue #1130
Portland, OR 97204
503-241-3506 or 1-800-423-6747
Fax #503-241-9256
DC Office:
3814 Albemarle St., NW
Washington, DC 20016
Vermont Office:
153 State Streeet
Montpelier, VT 05602
Fax: 802/223-6227



The Terrene Institute

The Terrene Institute links business with government, academia, and citizens

to improve the total human environment embracing us all: our natural world,

governmental policies, societal and individual behavior.

Education and public outreach comprise the cornerstones of the Terrene Institute,

which assembles the best minds and expertise to provide accurate information;

and presents this information in attractive, understandable, usable formats.

Terrene Institute publications are listed in the "Resources: Handbooks,

Guides, Videos" section of this directory.

The Terrene Institute

4 Herbert Street
Alexandria, VA 22305
Fax: 703/548-6299



United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water - Volunteer Monitoring Program

The US-EPA encourages all citizens to learn about their water resources and supports volunteer monitoring. 

 EPA also sponsors biennial national conferences, manages an electronic bulletin board forum for volunteers;

supports a national newsletter , and prepares and regularly updates a directory of volunteer monitoring programs. 

 They also publish manuals on volunteer monitoring methods and on planning and implementing volunteer programs.


WWW Resource from Kentucky Water Watch

Kentucky Water Watch has created a web site that has links to over 40

high-quality sites from around the nation that deal directly with volunteer

monitoring. You can contact the Kentucky Water Watch program by e-mail at

The address for the website is:

Or you may try the State's water page at: