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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

West Oakland Bucket Brigade

Organization Name
Global Community Monitor
Organization Website
Contact Name
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Other Contact Information
Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

Document industrial pollution and associated human health exposures and risks and advocate land use and other policy reform at the city and regional level. Currently, we are working with community members to create a buffer zone between families and polluting industries by relocating metal recyclers to the abandoned Oakland Army base.

Participant Activities

Community-driven pollution sleuthing and enforcement and training in assembling “bucket-brigade” style air pollution monitoring devices.

Data Entry
  • Other
Other Participant Activities

Involvement in community organizing and advocacy around environmental health.

System Studied
  • Air Quality
Geographic Scope
West Oakland
Location - Map
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Time Commitment
  • Other (see Other Information below)
Volunteer Qualifications
Volunteer Training

Training on construction and use of 'bucket brigade' style air-monitoring devices.

Cost to Participant
How will the findings be used?

Data is gathered and analyzed by community for use in organizing, advocacy and policy making.

Other Information
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If you work with this project and would like to add to or update the information below, please email

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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

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