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Introduction to Water Monitoring by Kayak

Come out this
Saturday, October 22nd
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
to learn about water monitoring by kayak

Water quality monitoring is a key tool to improve the health of the Marsh Creek Watershed.

Results from water quality monitoring:

  • Is used in the planning and evaluation of stream enhancement activities;
  • Promotes a more complete understanding of the overall function of Marsh Creek;
  • Measures upstream-downstream, seasonal, year-to-year, and long-term changes in water quality and watershed conditions;
  • Detects point sources and non-point sources of pollution;
  • Educates the public about the creek and its riparian corridor; and
  • Helps develop a sense of community stewardship for Marsh Creek and its rich aquatic resources.

Year round monitoring helps provide an accurate assessment of the water quality of Marsh Creek because the ecological life of the watershed varies with the seasons. Changes in weather conditions has a great influence on water quality. Heavy rainstorms in the winter and early spring introduces large amounts of pollutants due to runoff. In the summer, reduced flows and higher temperatures caused by dry weather alter the conditions. Baseline monitoring data (chemical, physical, biological) helps us to identify vulnerable areas to be targeted for improvement.

FOMCW is expanding its monitoring efforts to include the Big Break area of the San Joaquin Delta in partnership with East Bay Regional Park District. By expanding our monitoring we get a better understanding of the relationship between Marsh Creek and the San Joaquin Delta. Monitoring will involve taking readings and macro invertebrate sampling by kayak. FOMCW is looking for volunteers to help establish this monitoring program with the goal of including the general public in the future.
EBRPD and FOMCW are planning upcoming dates to get on the water by kayak.

EBRPD will be providing the kayaks- inless you have your own.
Meet at Big Break Shoreline Regional Park at the kayak launch/ picnic tables next to the fishing pier.

You will learn about the equipment we use and the proper procedures for collecting data and samples.
Please RSVP to volunteer@fomcw.org. If you can’t make it but would like to participate in the future email volunteer@fomcw.org.

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