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Sierra Club Water Sentinels

Water Sentinels in Illinois

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Eagle View Water Sentinels
Contact: Dr. Cecilia Vogel, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Augustana College, 309-794-3404
What We Do: Protect the Rock River and its tributaries and adopt an acre of newly-planted trees in the Milan Bottoms section of the Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge.

Heart of Illinois Group Water Sentinels
2419 E. Reservoir Blvd., Peoria IL 61614
Contact: Joyce Blumenshine, 309-688-0950
What We Do: Heart of Illinois Group Sierra Club completed a two year water monitoring project on the Illinois River near Peoria, lead by volunteer Joe Laszlo. Currently suggestions are being collected for a new initiative and volunteers are welcome.

Illinois Water Sentinels
70 E. Lake St., Suite 1500, Chicago, IL
Contact: Cindy Skrukrud, 815-675-2594
What We Do: Protecting, improving and restoring waterways at multiple locations in the Chicago metropolitan area by fostering alliances to promote water quality monitoring, public education, and citizen action.

Piasa Palisades Group Water Sentinels
223 Market St., Alton IL 62002
Contact: Christine Favilla, 618-462-6802
What We Do: Conduct regular computer and electronics recycling collection events and trash cleanups, keeping these potential pollutants from ever entering area watersheds.

River Prairie Group Water Sentinels
209 W. Sunset Avenue Lombard, IL 60148
Contact: Bonnie Blake, 630-629-2520
What We Do: Now in its second decade, our all-volunteer program collects monthly samples from DuPage County rivers and tests them for nutrients, chloride, pH, and dissolved oxygen. The program has also tested the rivers for radionuclides and pharmaceuticals.

Shawnee Forest Water Sentinels
RR1 Box 216A, Golconda IL 62938
Contact: Terri Treacy, 618-683-2161
What We Do: Work with hunters, anglers and other conservationists to steward the resources of the Shawnee National Forest.

Valley of the Fox Group Water Sentinels
726 West Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506
Contact: Fran Caffee, 630-859-1687
What We Do: The Sierra Club's first volunteer water quality monitoring group originated in 1996 along the Fox River and its tributaries. The Valley of the Fox Water Sentinels continues to monitor and protect the Fox, and have published eight reports of their sampling data. Find out more.

Woods & Wetlands Water Sentinels
PO Box 876 Grayslake, IL 60030
Contact: Evan Craig, 847-680-6437
What We Do: The Woods & Wetlands Group received training for both chemical and benthomacrobiotic stream assessment in 2005. We began monitoring Sequoit Creek, a stream connecting high quality Cedar, Deep, Sun, E&W Loon, and Little Silver lakes in our territory, to the Fox River. This complimented an ealier stewardship partnership with the Forest Preserve District for Sun Lake FP. In and 2009 we received NPDES Phase II training and built our Stormwater Rangers to over a dozen volunteers.

Chicago Inner City Outings
Chicago, IL 60601
Contact: Doug Chien
Partnering Allies: Chicago ICO, BBTO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, Chicago Youth Centers, Su Casa Homeless Shelter
Youth Engaged: 75 Find out more.

Chicago Fly Fishers, Ltd.
Riverside, IL 60546
Partnership: Federation of Fly Fishers
Contact: Matt Wilhelm, 406-222-9369
Number of Rods Sent: 5
Number of Youth Participants : 6
Number of Volunteers : 2

DRIFT: Federation of Fly Fishers
Wheaton, IL 60189
Partnership: Federation of Fly Fishers
Contact: Matt Wilhelm, 406-222-9369
Number of Rods Sent: 5
Number of Youth Participants : 50+
Number of Volunteers : 30

Lemont High School
Lemont, IL 60439
Partnership: Federation of Fly Fishers
Contact: Matt Wilhelm, 406-222-9369
Number of Rods Sent: 5
Number of Youth Participants : 86
Number of Volunteers : 2


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