Join the 2017 River Monitoring Team!

SYRCL is embarking on our 17th River Monitoring season, and we need you! We are looking for outdoorsy, environmentally-driven volunteers to monitor 35 sites throughout the Yuba watershed. The vast amount of water quality data we have collected over the last 16 years is crucial in protecting and restoring the Yuba River watershed.


March 11th is the first monthly water quality monitoring day of 2017. Our trained River Monitors will head out to collect water samples and monitor water temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity and turbidity. River Monitors will enjoy working in the magnificent canyons of the Yuba watershed while collecting vital information for a good cause.

Are you interested in becoming a River Monitor in 2017?

Let us know you’re interested by registering for the orientation, March 22, and field training, April 1 on Shiftboard.

The first orientation will be held on Wednesday, March 22nd from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the SYRCL office located at 313 Railroad Ave. in Nevada City. At this introductory evening session, you will learn about the background of SYRCL’s River Monitoring Program, with an emphasis on what and why we monitor. The mandatory field training is scheduled for Saturday, April 1st from 9:30am – 3:00pm. During this day-long, hands-on training you will become familiar with SYRCL’s sampling protocol, practice working with the sampling equipment, and learn to fill out the data-sheets. This training will be located at the Bridgeport Crossing at the South Yuba River State Park, on Pleasant Valley Rd.

SYRCL volunteers make the River Monitoring program one of the strongest citizen-based monitoring projects in the nation! Thank you all of our dedicated citizen scientists who make it all possible! We are actively seeking new River Monitors to fill a few positions at various sites and to help with maintenance and preparation work in the office.

Contact Anna Schwyter, 2017 AmeriCorps River Monitoring Coordinator, at: or 265-5961 ext. 213 for more details. We invite you to visit the River Monitoring page to learn more about the program. You can view the extensive data collected by the program at Yubashed, an online platform for water quality data and restoration projects throughout the Yuba watershed.

The schedule for 2017 River Monitoring,
second Saturday of each month, is as follows:

March 11, 2017
April 8, 2017
May 13, 2017
June 10, 2017
July 8, 2017
August 12, 2017
September 9, 2017
October 14, 2017
November 11, 2017