Welcome to our ongoing effort to catalog citizen science and other public participation in scientific research (PPSR) projects for UC California Naturalists and other citizen scientists.  We invite you to browse the listed projects or enter key words (like birds, youth, invasive, coast, Alameda, etc.) in the search box above to find projects in your area. It's a great way to stay involved and keep developing your skills as a natural scientist!

A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date. We encourage you to contact projects directly to get involved and learn about most recent opportunities. If you work with a listed project and would like to add to, update, or correct the information we have, please email cghdixon@ucdavis.edu. Also, please consider filling out the "PPSR perspectives" survey. Click here to access the survey, which will help guide this project in the coming year.

If you know of a project not on our list, please go to the "tell us about a project" link on the left so we can list the project here. Thanks for your help!

Special thanks goes to the National Science Foundation Informal Science Education program and the Stephen J. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation for supporting this database of projects.

Livestock & Land Monitoring - Monterey Bay

  • Organization Name
    Coastal Watershed Council
  • Organization Website
  • Partners
    San Mateo County Resource Conservation District
  • Contact Name
    Debie Chirco-Macdonald
  • Contact Email
    djchirco@coastal-watershed.org
  • Contact Phone
    831-464-9200
  • Other Contact Information
    N / A
  • Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

    Conduct water quality monitoring in three watersheds in Monterey and San Mateo counties between January and December 2012; achieve immediate and lasting water quality improvements by educating livestock owners on Best Management Practices (BMPs)

  • Participant Activities

    Conduct water quality monitoring at four sites along the Carmel River in Monterey County. Volunteers are trained to monitor water temperature, pH, turbidity, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, and salinity and to collect water samples for analysis of bacteria, nutrients and total suspended solids.

  • Data Entry
    • Unknown
  • Other Participant Activities
    N / A
  • System Studied
    • Water Quality
    • Wetlands - Freshwater Streams and Marshes
  • Geographic Scope
    Regional
  • Region
    Northern California
  • Location
    Locations upstream and downstream of areas with livestock facilities in Monterey and San Mateo counties
  • Location - Map
    Santa Cruz, CA
  • Time Commitment
    • Other (see Other Information below)
  • Volunteer Qualifications
    N / A
  • Volunteer Training

    Volunteers are trained to monitor water temperature, pH, turbidity, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, and salinity and to collect water samples.

  • Cost to Participant
    N / A
  • How will the findings be used?
    N / A
  • Other Information

    Monthly water quality monitoring is conducted in three watersheds in Monterey and San Mateo counties between January and December 2012.

  • Photo
    N / A
  • last update:
    9/26/12

If you work with this project and would like to add to or update the information below, please email cghdixon@ucdavis.edu.

If you know of a project not on our list, please go to the "tell us about a project" link on the left so we can list the project here. Thanks for your help!

This database is focused on projects in California focused on the environment. For opportunities outside California, as well as national projects that don't have a California-specific components, check http://www.birds.cornell.edu/citscitoolkit/projects.