The Watershed Project began a Contra Costa County-wide creek monitoring program five years ago in partnership with several other local watershed groups. By using protocols and quality assurance measures from the California Waterboards’ Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program, they ensured that the data collected, which includes water temperature, pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, nitrate, and turbidity, would be useful to multiple agencies and other volunteer groups. The Watershed Project has since uploaded their data to a state database used by regulators and professionals. The Watershed Project will use this grant to continue their monthly water quality monitoring work at 36 creek sites within the San Pablo Bay watershed. The group will provide training, increased support, and quality control for the other local groups doing concurrent monitoring as well as maintain their educational and interactive database to share results with the public. The grant will also enable The Watershed Project to purchase an additional meter and calibration standards to share between groups. The availability of additional monitoring equipment is a critical step toward having more highly trained community scientists who can educate their neighbors and work towards improved water quality in the years to come. By using standardized methods, The Watershed Project and their partners can compare data across watersheds and learn valuable information about regional and local trends, with the goal of improving creek and watershed health. The group hopes that this unique community science program in Contra Costa County will serve as a model in other areas.
The Watershed Project
Water Quality Monitoring and Capacity Building in Contra Costa County
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2022
Water Resources / Watershed Protection
San Francisco Bay Area
Contra Costa County