THE RIVERWATCH TEAM
Aril 2013 Water Quality Report Released (click here for PDF)
Annual Water Quality Report
The 2012 Water Quality Report linked below presents a comprehensive summary of the past 8 years of water quality data collected monthly by SDRPF’s RiverWatch volunteer monitoring Team as well as assessment of the changes, patterns and trends in quality recorded over time and from one place to another throughout the Lower San Diego River Watershed.
The Team uses a compact electronic sonde generously donated by Sontek/ YSI, to collect real-time data on the temperature, dissolved oxygen content, acidity or alkalinity, conductivity, and nutrient content of the River water at 15 different locations along the River. These parameters are used to provide a current picture of the state of the River water. The monthly monitoring results help provide an ongoing picture of how the River changes from season to season, and how that may affect the habitat, plants, and animals that live in and along the River.
The Team has recently expanded its outlook to include more monitoring parameters. Water quality measurements of nutrients (phosphate and nitrate) are now taken on a monthly basis. In addition to documenting the presence of trash, invasive plants, and riparian fauna, the team now also monitors seasonal changes in river water quality characteristics for such metrics as odor, color, clarity, flow and undesirable substances. Annual monitoring of benthic invertebrates takes place in collaboration with the
Thanks to the generosity of Sontek/ YSI the team has been given the opportunity to monitor flow along the San Diego River. Using Sontek’s Flow Tracker the Team is taking detailed flow measurements along the River.
Interested in Joining the Team?
If you are interested in learning more about the health of the River and the requirements to join the RiverWatch Team, please contact the RiverWatch Manager at 619-297-7380 or by email.
Or, Click Here to receive monthly reminders about upcoming RiverWatch dates and other volunteer opportunities
Web-based Information Center
To make the data that is collected available to a larger audience, SDRPF is working in partnership with the San Diego River Conservancy and Regional Water Quality Control Board to develop a web-based information center. We want to thank these partners for their generous support to advance this community resource. To learn more about the River Conservancy, visit www.sdrc.ca.gov.
This site has a growing list of data including:
Monthly Water Quality Monitoring Data
River Blitz Data
San Diego River Conservancy Project Information
San Diego Stream Team Bio assessment Data
401 Certificate Data from the Regional Water Quality Control Board
USGS Stream Flow Data
To access the Information Center Click Here
THANK YOU TO OUR CURRENT RIVERWATCH VOLUNTEERS!
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator to become a part of the RiverWatch Team or
call the SDRPF office at (619) 297-7380.