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Yuba River Water Quality Monitoring

Main Project Information
Goal Monitor health of health of rivers and streams.
Task collect monthly water quality data at 45 different sites.
Where California USA

Volunteers are needed to help the South Yuba River Citizens League, based in Nevada City, California, collect monthly water quality data at 45 different sites in the Yuba Watershed.

We are the leading regional advocates for creating resilient human and natural communities throughout the greater Yuba River basin by restoring creeks and rivers, regenerating wild salmon populations, and inspiring and organizing people—from the Yuba’s source to the sea—to join in our movement for a more wild and scenic Yuba River.

We train participants to use pH and conductivity meters and to conduct dissolved oxygen titrations in the field in order to collect information on the health of their rivers and streams. We also offer volunteers the opportunity to be involved in other monitoring activities, including health assessments of meadows, sampling of benthic macroinvertebrate and algae, surveys of river vegetation, and temperature logging.

How to Join

To get involved, contact the citizen league's river monitoring coordinator, Brooke Berger, at, or call 530-265-5961, ext 211. Training takes place in the spring, and field activities extend from March through November.

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Required Gear

Volunteers should have a vehicle, basic hiking gear, and the willingness to dedicate one Saturday per month to the Yuba. We provide the rest! OR, borrow or buy our recommended gear!

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing
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and Publications
Tags citizen-based monitoring, monitor, monitoring, river, rivers, stream monitoring, water, water quality, Water Quality, yuba river
Project Updated 04/21/2017