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Indiana Department of Environmental Management

Hoosier Riverwatch

Hoosier Riverwatch > Get Involved Get Involved

Would you like to understand more about the health of your local waterway?

Learning by doing is often the best way. The Hoosier Riverwatch program offers plenty of opportunities for you, your group or school to get involved in monitoring the health of your environment and take part in managing some of the problems.

An active community can and does make a big difference. Riverwatch will be able to help you:

  • Understand sources of water pollution.
  • Understand what is happening in your watershed.
  • Set up a monitoring program for water quality.

For educators, Riverwatch involves students in local environmental projects, while meeting many and varied curriculum outcomes. It also:

  • promotes student led actions and ownership of the environment,
  • increases students knowledge and understanding of their local environment- water, soils, vegetation, land and sustainable use of natural resources,
  • builds skills in:
    • scientific methodology,
    • data collection,
    • teamwork,
    • communication,
    • problem solving, and
    • logical thinking,
  • trains students in methods of water quality data collection and habitat assessment,
  • allows students to collect data that contributes to the state wide data pool of information about water resources.