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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

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.

The Stream Team - Big Chico Creek Watershed Citizen Monitoring

Organization Name
California Urban Streams Alliance - The Stream Team
Project Website ;;
Organization Website ,
City of Chico, SWRCB Clean Water Team, and Safe-To-Swim programs
Contact Name
Timmarie Hamill
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Other Contact Information
Project Purpose (taken from project materials)
  • Develop and implement a watershed scale volunteer monitoring program,  documenting long-term trends in watershed condition that cumulatively result from restoration activities, land management changes, and natural processes.
  • Involve student and community volunteers in monitoring efforts to encourage stewardship and foster an understanding of the complexities of natural resource protection.
  • Build on prior monitoring efforts to facilitate data sharing and improve data analysis.
Participant Activities

Volunteers provide a snapshot of the health of Big Chico Creek by collecting data at ten different sites during each event.  Each team typically monitors one or two of the sites per event.

Data Entry
  • Unknown
Other Participant Activities
System Studied
  • Water Quality
  • Wetlands - Freshwater Streams and Marshes
Geographic Scope
Volunteers meet at the Five Mile Recreation Area near Chico, CA
Location - Map
Bidwell Park, Chico, California
Time Commitment
  • Monthly
Volunteer Qualifications
Volunteer Training

Volunteer training is provided. The Stream Team's annual training for 2012 was held April 21st (Earth Day) at the Chico Creek Nature Center. Volunteers should wear clothes that you don't mind getting a little wet or dirty. At the training, volunteers learn:

  • What we know about water quality in Big Chico Creek
  • Why we collect baseline water quality data
  • How to test water quality
  • If you'd like to join the 2012 Stream Team

The project website also includes information about the watershed, wildlife and reasons for monitoring.

Cost to Participant
How will the findings be used?

Reports produced using Stream Team data are accessible on the project website.

Specific links to data and photographs are also on the website. Topics include:

Other Information

Stream Team volunteer monitors meet at 9 am of the 2nd Saturday of each month, April through October

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