Whether you're a student, homeowner, business person, or live in an apartment, there are dozens of ways you can get involved with actions to improve the environment. To help you get started, we’ve provided links to just a few!

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Lake Monitoring

This Illinois program is one of the oldest volunteer lake monitoring programs in the country. In the basic monitoring program, citizens are trained to measure water clarity of a lake in which they have an interest.


The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offers many volunteer opportunities to help with projects within EcoWatch, such as RiverWatch, ForestWatch, PrairieWatch, and UrbanWatch.

Watershed Information Network

Search a catalog of watershed groups involved in protecting local water bodies at this USEPA website. The Watershed Information Network also provides general information about watersheds and links to other resources.

Register a Complaint

Report an environmental problem online

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Access information about FOIA rules and procedures to request public information from Illinois EPA.