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Citizen Monitoring/Stream Team

Join Our Network of Stream Team Volunteers!

Sierra Nevada Alliance Currents Features Stream Team

BCCWA's Stream Team is featured in the March 2008 Sierra Nevada Alliance Currents email newsletter.

2005-2008 Data Report

Download the 22 page report here.

2007 in Review

In the 2007 monitoring season, we saw expanded volunteer participation, the addition of new monitoring sites and a range of new monitoring objectives.  One of the primary goals of the monitoring program is to provide education and training to stakeholders of the Big Chico Creek watershed who are interested in participating in monitoring efforts.  More than 1000 volunteers have now joined the Big Chico Creek Stream Team, providing over 12,000 hours of service!

From training sessions provided on the proper use of monitoring equipment and standardized protocols through the implementation of field monitoring, volunteers brought a level of dedication that reflects a growing understanding of the importance of our taking care of our waterways.

Last year was a huge success for the Big Chico Creek volunteer monitoring program.  Participants learned new things, raised their awareness, and met new friends.

To view our Data Report please click here.

Above: Volunteers Take Measurements at New Monitoring Site along Bidwell Ave.

Primary goals of the Big Chico Creek Watershed Volunteer Monitoring Program

  • Develop and implement a watershed scale volunteer monitoring program,  documenting long-term trends in watershed condition that cumulatively result from restoration activities, land management changes, and natural processes.
  • Involve student and community volunteers in monitoring efforts to encourage stewardship and foster an understanding of the complexities of natural resource protection.
  • Build on prior monitoring efforts to facilitate data sharing and improve data analysis.

Why Monitor Creeks?

Clean water is a vital resource we are all willing to protect.  Healthy creek systems like Big Chico Creek help maintain safe drinking water, avert floods, and also provide habitat for fish and wildlife as well as intrinsic scenic value for our community.

It is important to understand the current status of small, but important, water bodies like Big Chico Creek to track the cumulative impacts that can stress aquatic systems and impair their beneficial functions.  Non-point source pollutants that often flow from the land into creeks include soils, synthetic materials from our roads and automobiles, fertilizers, pesticides, nutrients, sewage leaks, and animal wastes.  Creek monitoring provides useful baseline information that can be used to track these potential impacts.

Why Rely On Citizen Volunteers?

Citizen volunteers have specific knowledge and expertise about our local environment and often have critical access to areas within the watershed that would otherwise be inaccessible.  Their involvement also has an important collateral impact in reducing urban pollution entering our waterways through the volunteers’ improved understanding of the ecological function of creek systems and pollution prevention measures, as well as their increased participation in watershed stewardship and resource protection efforts.  They are also very dedicated and have proven to be capable of accurately and precisely performing monitoring tasks, thus ensuring that data quality objectives are achieved.  Without their dedication, this valuable data would not be collected.

Top 10 Reasons For Becoming a Stream Team Volunteer

#10. Wild turkey sightings

#9.   Your feet Get Wet!

#8.   Volunteers go to heaven AND Upper Park

#7.   Witness Salmon spawning

#6.   Anne Marie Baltzell's socks

#5.   Discover Dance Floor Hole

#4.   Lions, deer, and Bears... Oh, My

#3.   Hair clips and other cool stuff during trash detail

#2    Enjoy meeting new friends

#1    Huel Houser imitations