High school teams will present their findings at forum.

    Citizen science will take center stage at the University of Minnesota Crookston campus on Wednesday, March 20th as high school River Watch teams share perspectives on the health of their local rivers. River Watch (RW), funded in part by Minnesota Clean Water Legacy funds and the Red River Watershed Management Board, engages students in monitoring their local streams as part of a Red River Basin citizen science network.

     River Watch teams continue to provide valuable water quality data at over 150 monitoring sites throughout northwest Minnesota. Teams will present posters of their monitoring and research results at this 18th Annual River Watch Forum. Students will also visit with resource professionals at concurrent sessions on a wide range of topics, including stream ecology, mussels, Red River fishing, Geo-spatial collaboration, and river recreation explorations.

     Karla Zubrycki of the Winnipeg office of the International Institute for Sustainable Development will share insights on the history and current issues facing Lake Winnipeg and how biotechnology is being used as an effective tool in nutrient control. She will also share research insights on the integral relationship between human health and watershed health.

     River Watch teams and partners are recognized in the afternoon at an awards ceremony for exemplary work in watershed science research and communications. Posters will be available for viewing in Bede Ballroom on the UMC campus from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and will be available on the International Water Institute River Watch website after the Forum.  The Forum is hosted by the International Water Institute and the Red River Watershed Management Board.

     More information on the 2013 River Watch Forum and the River Watch program can be found at http://iwinst.org/riverwatchforum.htm or contact Wayne Goeken at 218 574-2622.