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Chapter Rolls Out Water Sentinel Program

By Jolinda Buchanan
Indiana Conservation Organizer, Hoosier Chapter

Thirty years after the passage of the Clean Water Act, Indiana finds itself a national leader in the number of impaired waterways in the state. Indiana has 485 rivers, lakes, and streams unfit for fishing, swimming, and recreation. The Hoosier Chapter is taking action with the roll out of the Water Sentinel Program, a citizens’ stream monitoring and testing project. With this program, we aim to make fishing and swimming once again safe in Indiana. We invite you to join us in this effort.

Through the Water Sentinel Program, we will train chapter volunteers in water-monitoring specifics and develop stream-monitoring teams. These volunteers will become actively involved in testing the waters in their watershed, in learning how the lack of environmental law enforcement impacts their watershed, and in becoming part of a citizens’ network that affects the decisions made on their watershed’s health.

If you, a friend, or a family member is interested in learning more about the chapter’s Water Sentinel Program or in attending a training, please contact the chapter office by phone at (317) 466-9992 or by e-mail at

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Summer 2002