Mike Clifford Posted April 7, 2008 Report Share Posted April 7, 2008 Here is what I've been working on for the last month and would like to share with you. The ISA Adopt-A-Stream Program is a new development designed to empower not only our own members, but citizens and organizations statewide to take a keen interest in the quality of our natural resources. Fostering a conservation ethic in our generation, as well as generations that follow is not just a good idea...it is essential in today's world of budget cuts and staff reductions. An Executive Summary can be downloaded from the following link: Essentially, an organization or corporation will "Adopt" a segment of river or stream in IL and make a commitment to conduct one clean-up and one water quality monitoring event each year. The ISA will provide the monitoring kits in conjunction with World Water Monitoring Day. http://www.worldwatermonitoringday.org/ Watch a video of the monitoring process from the following page: http://www.worldwatermonitoringday.us/InstructionalVideo.php The ISA will also provide signage honoring specific sponsors on specific stream segments. An example (not the actual signs): As well, we will encourage and incorporate Photo Monitoring. What this will accomplish is the ability to establish a database of trouble areas that could potentially help the DNR and ISA in determining where attention and monies should be directed (eroding banks, etc). A monitoring workshop will be required of all participating organizations, potentially with the help of AmeriCorps volunteers. Community events and major sponsorships are anticipated, so the process requires careful thought and innovative strategies if it is to be successful. The sky is the limit, as this is an extremely ambitious project that is currently in the early planning stages. What I'd like to do at this point is establish a Stream Team Committee to help plan and bring this program along. Please PM or email if this is you. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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