The qualifications to participate are not restrictive but are important. No science background is necessary, but volunteers must be dedicated, meticulous, and physically able to walk in and along the river to access monitoring sites. Additionally volunteers are responsible to collect data on a monthly basis during the spring and summer and report the data to an online database.
Riveredge trains volunteers in this program and loans them the equipment they need to monitor a designated area within the Milwaukee River Watershed. The volunteers do a habitat assessment and collect data on the stream flow, water temperature, clarity, and dissolved oxygen levels of the water in their stretch of the river. Citizens can monitor at one of two levels.
Level I volunteers need no previous experience, they receive basic training and their data is primarily used for educational purposes.