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Big Chico Creek Youth Stream Team

Organization Name
California Urban Streams Alliance - The Stream Team
Project Website;
Organization Website ,
City of Chico Park Division's Volunteer Program; CUSD
Contact Name
Timmaire Hamill
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Other Contact Information
Project Purpose (taken from project materials)
  • Provide useful baseline information that can be used to track a variety of potential impacts - such as non-point source pollutants can flow from the land into creeks including sediment, synthetic materials from our roads and automobiles, fertilizers, nutrients, sewage leaks, and animal wastes - that can stress aquatic systems and impair their beneficial functions. 
  • Facilitate the ability to track changes over time and help prioritize efforts for identifying sources of pollutants, and appropriate land use changes needed to minimize impacts and protect the ecological health of the Big Chico Creek watershed
  • Teach kids robust environmental information gathering techniques and instigate a life-long appreciation for Big Chico Creek
  • Link on-going watershed monitoring and restoration efforts with the educational needs of K-12 students
Participant Activities

Youth Stream Teams participate in watershed assessments, restoration plantings, natural history hikes, public presentations, and surveys. Teams meet individually, and as an all-school group throughout the year. Meetings take place in an outdoor setting.

Youth Stream Team students also map runoff areas on their campus, test storm water runoff, and learn about land use practices that can potentially cause water pollution and solutions for preventing urban runoff.

Data Entry
  • Unknown
Other Participant Activities

Meetings include pre/post classroom activities maintaining links to classroom content.

System Studied
  • Water Quality
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Wetlands - Freshwater Streams and Marshes
Geographic Scope
Big Chico Creek Watershed
Location - Map
Big Chico Creek, CA
Time Commitment
  • Other (see Other Information below)
Volunteer Qualifications

Youth Stream Teams are formed from Middle/High, and Juvenile Court schools throughout Butte County. 

Volunteer Training

the program serves as a "mechanism to inform youngsters of the ecological functions of the Creek, potential impacts to the Creek, and ways to protect the Creek."

Over the course of the program, topics includes:

  • proper use of equipment and common protocols used to assess stream health.
  • overview of common restoration practices and site-specific planting techniques including pre-post monitoring methods.
  • an overview of the ecology, and cultural relevance of the Big Chico Creek Watershed.
  • Storm Drain Marking and urban pollution prevention tips
  • public presentation of results 

Supplies needed for Stream Team activities are provided.

Cost to Participant
How will the findings be used?
Other Information
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