State & National Volunteer
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."
· 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!
600 128th Street S.E.
Everett, WA 98208
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, AL 36849
888-844-4785 (toll free)
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.
1025 Vermont Ave., N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20005
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
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,
1401 Wilson Blvd., Level B
Arlington, VA 22209
For information about CRUW-PAC, contact:
Ann L. Riley
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
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:
206 South Fifth Ave., Suite
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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
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 http://www.NALMS.org
For more information visit the website: http://humboldt.kent.edu/~dipin, or
Dr. Robert Carlson
Dept. Biological Sciences
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242
(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
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
502 East 9th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
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,
Lawrence, KS 66044-2629
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
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
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
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
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: