"Becoming involved with the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program has allowed me to understand some of the aspects of what research scientists and biologists do in their careers. I do not believe that I would have been able to obtain these unique experiences through any “typical” science classes offered in school."
- Jon, student
"Participating in the watershed program has allowed me to focus on the real-life applications of science and see the full extent of what science can accomplish in the “real world”. The program also enhanced my awareness of environmental issues, the fragility of ecosystems and the relationship of man and nature, specifically how that relationship is changing."
- Miranda, student
"It is much more interesting and easier to understand an ecosystem when you are having hands on experience with the environment. Through the watershed program, I have become much more aware of the Fox River area environment and environmental issues in our community. I believe I have provided a kind of service to the community by trying to understand our local environment and trying to better it."
"I have offered lab-based research projects as extra credit to my chemistry students in previous years, but nothing that I have done previously has come close to the experience that students have in this project. Besides chemistry (my specialty), students have the opportunity to study birds, amphibians, and macroinvertebrates and to have their data be of use to professional scientists and decision-makers. Not only are students learning about science, but they are becoming scientifically literate citizens who will be able to make informed decisions about land use, zoning, and other community issues when they are older. Many students are having an impact right now with their own families as they discuss environmental issues with their parents and siblings."
-Kara Pezzi, teacher
"Please accept my sincerest thanks for the monitoring you are conducting on our local streams. You are collecting data that DNR simply does not have the personnel to accomplish. In the 16 county region of DNR's Northeast Region, we only have 4 permanent water quality biologists collecting stream chemistry samples, calculating flows, and collecting aquatic insects for biotic index calculation. While we have a few major rivers that we sample every year, most of our stream sampling is conducted for only a year or so before we move on to sample other streams. We don't get the opportunity to look at a stream over multiple seasons and years to truly understand how it is functioning on the landscape.
The data you are collecting will help us evaluate the success of the water quality improvement practices that will be installed during the implementation of the Lower Fox TMDL. As for those of you monitoring Spring Brook in Winnebago County, the Upper Fox Basin will have a TMDL developed in the next few years, and the data you are collecting will help us better understand how it responds to future changes to the watershed.
Thank you for all you've done to further our understanding of our water resources. Keep up the good work."
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources