WANT TO KNOW THE PROTOCOL FOR ANY OF THE WATER TESTS: (A click on these topics will open up a video of UW-Extension people performing these protocol.)

1. If you want to learn the proper protocol to take the TEMPERATURE of the stream, click here When we first saw this we said " Oh, that's why we have these little plastic ups in our team kit!" Who knew!

2. DISSOLVED OXYGEN using the HACH KIT protocol, click here Instructions to fill in the DO is in each kit.

3. STREAM FLOW, click here We've marked off each D-Net pole in Tenths of a foot. Use this to measure DEPTH.

also note how the tent stakes can help you if you're short-handed. Some people use pine cones instead of a tennis ball.
4. TRANSPARENCY, click here Notice how she shades the tube from the direct sunlight to read the turbidity.
5. HABITAT ASSESSMENT, click here Habitat may be the one constant in your water monitoring throughout the monitoring season. You only need to select the correct sheet (rocky bottom or soft bottom sheet) Fill in the appropriate sheet.
6. BIOTIC INDEX. (A true fisherman's friend!!) click here. (THIS LINK is currently under construction.) This has a long intro but please stick with it. It is part of a Wisconsin Public Television program, broadcast 3-24-2011. The important part of this is in the first ten-plus minutes. At the end of this segment is an interview with "Landowner Paul Hayes" of Vernon County. It is very informational. And gives a good overview of being "citizen scientists!" Thanks for Wisconsin Public Television for this timely program!

A quiz question would be: "why is this important to someone fishing this stream?"

Lastly, If you are having a problem with any of these protocol, please ask one of the CWTU River Keeper organizers for assistance. We want to make sure you're comfortable with doing any of these exercises.



  • AND, HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED from the more experienced.

  • SATURDAY APRiL 27th, Waupaca Riverside Park, 2 - 4 P.M.

See Map:Waupaca River at Hwy 22 and 54 at the PARK , due west of parking lot. If you don't see this sign, you're probably not in the right place!


Team Building and Communications
One of the most difficult tasks in an organization is getting the members to communicate with each other. You know this. It happens at work. It may happen at home. (People in the same household leave emails for each other just to get others to listen to them! This is our world, it's okay. We have busy lives! And sometimes our sense of urgency isn't the same as someone Else's urgency! Hey, that's okay! We can understand this.)

With that in mind, we've created this WIKI...WIKI is an expression in another language that means QUICKLY. If you get in a cab in certain countries you would say," WIKI, WIKI." And that's the idea about having this WIKI. You are the creator of messages that you feel are appropriate for everyone who shares THIS SPACE. You don't need to WAIT for the webmaster to create a page or add to an existing page.

  • You can go to the top right hand of any page on this WIKI and touch Edit. This will bring up an "Editor Bar" that displays a "task bar." By moving your cursor/mouse over these items you can see what they do to help you make your comments, notes, pictures more appealing for others to notice. "How cool is that!" When you're done with the Edit part, then hit SAVE on the Editor Taskbar and Voila! you changed the page.

Don't worry about making mistakes or putting something in the wrong page. The WIKI manager, yep me, will help steer this to the right place. Also, if you want to leave a note for why you made the change, you can go to the Discussion Tab at the top of any page and leave a post for others to comment. That's how easy it is to communicate with your team members and others who you want to inform. Have fun with it!! Create a Page for your Team!

Now, let's talk briefly about Team Building. If the heart of Team Building is Communication. Then the next important element is Cooperation (Team Work).

  • Do what you can to make your team successful. Try to find a day for monitoring where most everyone on your team can participate. (This will be a challenge! Schedule well in advance and keep in touch often prior to the date and time.)

  • Try to CAR POOL to Water Monitoring Activities. Spend a little time fishing and building your "sense of place" and getting to know your team members.
  • Dig in and help get the work done faster by working with other team members to collect the necessary data and help to get in entered into the WAV Database. (If you need help doing this, just ask John, Rick, Mike or Jim Murphy for help.)
  • Keep a diary of your activities and so you can recall what it was like for you to be a good water monitor, a team member, and a successful Riverkeeper.
  • Keep tabs on your challenges, too, so we can work together to improve this experience for you and others in our group!

Thank you for attending this workshop! It's Team Building Time! Select your teams.


2 2013 Final Report

  • Mike Schaefers

3 November Riverkeeper Program, Nov. 12, 2013 Fin & Feather in Winneconne

  • John Gremmer

4 Responsibility of Riverkeepers

  • Database - Record and Post John Gremmer
  • How to post?

5 WIKI Operation/how to

Rick (Leave a comment here on the Wiki or call him)

Additional General Training Information

Distribute Record Form Fact Sheets

Large Group Activity

Habitat Assessment
Stream Flow Calculation

Small Group Activity with Team Leaders

Dissolved Oxygen Biotic Index,
Turbidity and Temperature

-GATHER- for Last Comments

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