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St. Louis River - River Watch

The St. Louis River - River Watch project is a citizen-based water quality monitoring program for the St. Louis River in northeastern Minnesota. The project promotes and inspires stewardship of this valuable natural resource among youth throughout the watershed. Since 1997, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College has directed and coordinated local secondary schools in water quality assessment of the St. Louis River and its tributaries.

Program Objectives
  • to provide environmental education opportunities to students and their teachers by offering a hands-on approach to learning about the cultural and natural history of the St. Louis River watershed
  • to cultivate a life-long sense of stewardship toward the river and the river communities
  • to collect and interpret baseline water quality data using sound scientific techniques
  • to share water quality information with state and local communities in a variety of ways, such as the media, brochures, and public presentations
  • to encourage citizen participation in reaching the long-range management goals for the river
  • to collaborate with other agencies and groups on watershed-related studies


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Contact River Watch:
Courtney Kowalczak
Environmental Institute Director 
Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College

2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720

(218) 879-0862,
e-mail: courtneyk@fdltcc.edu