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Northern CA PPSR Projects 1

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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 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.

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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.

Carneros Creek Agricultural Run-off Monitoring

Organization Name
Coastal Watershed Council
Organization Website
Agricultural and Land-based Training Association (ALBA); CSU Monterey Bay; Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reseach Reserve
Contact Name
Debie Chirco-Macdonald
Contact Email
Contact Phone
(831) 464-9200
Other Contact Information
Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

Evaluate the effectiveness of organic farming practices and wetland restoration in improving habitat and sediment and water quality in the slough, by monitoring changes in sediment, orthophosphate, nitrate and ammonia levels as water enters, moves through, and exits the wetland area of Triple-M Ranch.

Participant Activities

Weekly monitoring of the seasonal flow of Carneros Creek, including levels of pesticides, nutrients, metals and other key water quality parameters

Data Entry
  • Unknown
Other Participant Activities
System Studied
  • Water Quality
  • Wetlands - Freshwater Streams and Marshes
  • Pollution Clean-up or Monitoring
Geographic Scope
ALBA's Triple-M Ranch in North Monterey County
Location - Map
420 Hall Road, Watsonville, CA
Time Commitment
  • Monthly
Volunteer Qualifications
Volunteer Training
Cost to Participant
How will the findings be used?
Other Information
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