By Satoko Mills
We are so excited to share our creek monitoring data from the first half of this year. With the great support from talented community science volunteers and partner groups, we collected over 3,000 habitat and field data points. Since 2018, The Watershed Project has been measuring vital signs of water quality in the creeks. These vital signs are temperature, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, pH and turbidity and they provide a baseline of water quality. We also measured nitrate when we were able to access the measuring device. You can learn what “vital sign” and “nitrate” means in the freshwater here.
We visualized our data in an app on our website to show trends. To see graphs of your local creek, go to the Water Quality in Contra Costa County app, scroll down and click on your local creek name on the left. You can select a sampling site by clicking on the map or by first selecting the creek on the left. On the next page, you can select a specific sampling site. You can also change parameters on the top left. Graphs show our data from 2018 to now, except for some months during the pandemic period, some dry seasons when creeks didn’t have any water or some months that we were not able to access the site (due to construction, flood, etc).
If you have any questions or to get involved, please contact Satoko Mills (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Below are instructions for accessing our creek data:
- Select creek’s name
- Select sampling site from a map or selections
- Select a parameter