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Age Minimum (with Adult): 1+, Minimum Age:18+

River Monitor Orientation & Field Training for South Yuba River Citizens League

River Monitors are community members who have become trained in water quality sampling and participate in monthly sampling occasions. These incredible volunteers range from high school students to senior citizens, dedicating nine months of their time and energy to the river. If interested, please attend our two-part training!

  • Part 1 - ORIENTATION - Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 6-7:30pm at SYRCL, 313 Railroad Ave Suite 101, Nevada City, CA 95959
  • Part 2 - FIELD TRAINING - Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 9am-1:30pm at South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport, 17660 Pleasant Valley Rd, Penn Valley, CA 95946

The orientation provides an overview of the river monitoring program. During the hands-on field training you will learn how to fill out data sheets and take measurements on air and water temperature, dissolved oxygen (DO), pH, conductivity, and turbidity.

After training, volunteers visit their adopted sites monthly to test water quality conditions and record their observations. In addition to routinely measuring many water quality parameters (water temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity, and conductivity) volunteers monitor for the presence of sensitive and invasive species, and occasionally test for bacteria, nutrients, and toxic metals. The program is based on the scientifically-credible Quality Assurance Program Plan approved by the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Click EXPRESS INTEREST and sign up here.

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