Stream Leaders

What Is Stream Leaders?

The mission of CRWC’s Stream Leaders program is to raise young people’s awareness of the importance of water quality in their community and to help cultivate a connection to a larger Great Lakes identity through the understanding of watersheds and the Great Lakes basin.

The stream leaders program uses a multidisciplinary, school-based approach that provides students with an educational experience in water quality monitoring, data interpretation, and pathways to citizen action and stewardship.

Who Is Participating?

All schools located within the Clinton River Watershed, Lake St. Clair Direct Drainage Area and Anchor Bay subwatershed are eligible to participate in this program. The program is best fit for Middle and High School age students.


Key Initatives

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Student Water Quality Monitoring

  • Schools/classrooms participating in Stream Leaders will complete an outdoor, stream monitoring day twice a year – once in the spring and once in the fall. Spring is help end of April through May and Fall is held throughout the month of October. During stream monitoring day, students complete three different assessments of the stream and water quality.

    Biological Assessment: students collect, sort and identify the Benthic Macroinvertebrates found in the stream. They learn how to determine water quality of the stream according to the pollution tolerance of the organisms they found in the stream.

    Chemical Assessment: students conduct a series of chemical tests (pH, phosphates, nitrates, dissolved oxygen, temperature, turbidity, fecal coliform bacteria, biological oxygen demand). Using this data, the students then assess the chemical health of the stream.

    Physical Assessment: students observe and measure the physical conditions of the stream (weather conditions, average stream width, depth, velocity, flow, substrate, habitat types, riparian vegetation, surrounding land use, etc.)

Annual Student Congress

  • CRWC provides a voluntary opportunity for student representatives from schools participating in Stream Leaders to come together in the Fall at the Annual Student Congress to experience a conference-style atmosphere where they share their water quality findings and related projects and attend breakout sessions lead by environmental and STEM professionals in their community focused on relevant environmental topics.

Teacher Training and Curriculum Support

  • CRWC provides training to teachers at least twice a year (and as needed) on how to facilitate the Stream Monitoring Program. Bug ID training is also offered by CRWC throughout the year at various times and locations and teachers and mentors are encouraged to attend. CRWC will also give water quality related presentations upon request to classrooms as in-classroom support and supplemental information for lessons. CRWC also facilitates or hosts one professional development opportunity a year at the Annual Student Congress for the teachers in the program.

Mentors and Community Partnerships

  • Stream Leaders strives to build school-community partnerships through sponsorship and mentors. Civic groups and businesses are invited to participate by sponsoring a Stream Leaders classroom. Sponsorship includes providing financial assistance for equipment, supplies and CRWC’s coordination of the program. Sponsors may also provide mentors to assist the classroom teachers on monitoring day. CRWC provides training to mentors at least twice a year (and as needed) on how to facilitate the Stream Leaders monitoring stations. Bug ID training is also offered by CRWC throughout the year at various times and locations and mentors are encouraged to attend these.

Stream Leaders 2018 Monitoring Data

Data represented on the map represents data submitted by participating schools to CRWC at the end of the Fall 2018 Stream Leaders monitoring season.

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