Funding will allow California Urban Streams Alliance to expand its existing citizen water quality monitoring efforts to benefit disadvantaged communities (DACs) impacted by the recent Camp Fire that destroyed the town of Paradise. The project aims facilitate informed community engagement to implement solutions regarding water quality impacts within DACs in Butte County. In particular, the project will get local citizenry involved in planning and decision-making processes before state and federal agencies as well as use their help to collect water samples in fire impacted watersheds. The lab results will be compared to water quality standards in the Sacramento River Basin Plan and enable pollution source identification. California Urban Streams Alliance will use part of the grant to educate residents about storm water best management practices that can prevent erosion and sedimentation during the rebuilding process. The group will also implement stream restoration projects to improve stormwater runoff. Paradise area students will be educated about how forest fires impacted the area’s water quality. The expected outcomes of these various projects are improved water quality in Feather River tributaries, increased knowledge in DACs about land use practices affecting area water quality, and the creation of water quality dataset that can be used during the rebuilding process.
California Urban Streams Alliance – The Stream Team
The Stream Team Camp Fire Water Quality Recovery Program
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2019
Water Resources/Watershed Protection