Join the 2015 River Monitoring Team!

River Monitoring volunteer,  Griffin Morey, having fun in the sun.

SYRCL is embarking on our 15th River Monitoring season! We are looking for outdoorsy, environmentally driven volunteers to monitor almost forty sites throughout the Yuba watershed. The vast amount of water quality data we have collected over the last fourteen years is crucial in protecting and restoring the Yuba River watershed.

March 14th is the first monthly water quality monitoring day of 2015. To kick-off the year we offer returning River Monitors a breakfast social at the SYRCL office, we invite you to have a coffee or a breakfast snack and chat with other volunteers. Our trained River Monitors will head out to collect water samples and monitor water temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity and turbidity. River Monitors will get to enjoy working in the magnificent canyons of the Yuba watershed while collected vital information for a good cause.

River Monitor Andrea Eiermann working on a DO titration.

Are you interested in becoming a River Monitor in 2015?

We will be having an evening orientation on Thursday, March 26 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the SYRCL Office located at 313 Railroad Ave. in Nevada City. Here you will learn 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 4 from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm. During this day-long, hands-on training you will learn SYRCL’s sampling protocol, practice working with the sampling equipment, and learn to fill out the datasheets. This training will be located at the Bridgeport Crossing at the South Yuba River State Park.

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 monitors 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 Karl Ronning, 2015 AmeriCorps River Monitoring Coordinator, at karl@syrcl.org or 265-5961 x 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 2015 River Monitoring, second Saturday of each month, is as follows:

  • March 14, 2015
  • April 11, 2015
  • May 9, 2015
  • June 13, 2015
  • July 11, 2015
  • August 8, 2015
  • September 12, 2015
  • October 10, 2015
  • November 14, 2015
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