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InFocus: Riverwatch citizen scientists adding to the body of knowledge about Illinois' streams

Jackson County Creek.  Photograph taken July 19, 2020.
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A Jackson County creek in the deep, mid-summer. July 19th, 2020.

On this edition of InFocus, we hear from citizen scientists about the Riverwatch program, which monitors the health of Illinois streams.

The guests on the program are:

Hannah Griffis
Riverwatch Technician and Volunteer Coordinator
Riverwatch program
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center

Jennifer Harris
Citizen Scientist
Attending Veterinarian
Southern Illinois University

Sarah Bergbower
Citizen Scientist
Assistant Professor of Life Sciences
Olney Central College

The Riverwatch program is administered by the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center in East Alton Illinois.

To learn more, browse to: http://www.ngrrec.org/riverwatch/

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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