River Watchers experience the benefits of nature every week while they monitor the water quality at 27 stream an driver sites in the Austin area. The River Watchers deliver their data to LCRA and the City of Austin for public use. River Watchers learn about water’s role in our community, and they get exposed to new career options. More than 60 percent of River Watchers leave the program wanting to work in STEM or environmental fields.
Holistic Youth Development
Rive Watch helps students develop a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging, and empowerment. In addition to participating in weekly water treks and scientific endeavors, there are group adventures like overnight camping in places our students might never otherwise experience. In 2014, River Watchers began planning and executing week-long Service Learning projects across their city, focused on stream improvements.
In Central Texas, the dropout rate of African American and Hispanic teenagers is more than 30 percent. To change this, River Watch surrounds students with a community of peers and educators who offer personal and academic support on a weekly basis. It’s working – nearly 100 percent of River Watch seniors graduate from high school!
River Watchers you make us proud! Please check out what’s new in Student Resources.
Thanks to Water PR for their support!