Webinar: The Application of Citizen Monitoring to Inform Citizen and Government Enforcement Actions
Join the California Water Quality Monitoring Collaboration Network along with Jason Weiner from Wishtoyo-Ventura Coastkeeper for the presentation “The Application of Citizen Monitoring to Inform Citizen and Government Enforcement Actions”. Please join us on Thursday April 20, 2017 from 11:30 AM -12:30 PM (PST) for our next presentation in the Citizen Science & Watershed Stewardship Webinar Series. Please see the instructions below to join the webinar.
Critical to the success of Wishtoyo’s legal, advocacy, and restoration work is Wishtoyo’s Ventura Coastkeeper’s volunteer watershed monitoring program. The program has over 50 river, estuary, wetland, storm channel, and coastal monitoring sites in Ventura County (the Calleguas Creek, Santa Clara River, Ormond Beach, and Ventura’s Coastal Watersheds) and they have mobilized hundreds of stream team volunteers to assist with sampling and monitoring them.
Several years ago Ventura Coastkeeper (VCK) and California State University Channel Islands successfully collaborated to create a scientific research and education partnership. This partnership provided CSUCI students with enhanced hands on professional and educational experiences, research opportunities, and internships, while providing VCK’s Watershed Monitoring Program with an on campus laboratory, an increased capacity to monitor and protect Ventura County’s waterbodies, and access to the student body for community mobilizing.
VCK’s field and water quality analysis (fecal indicator bacteria (total coliform, E. coli), nitrate, phosphate, dissolved oxygen, water temperature, flow, turbidity, trash, conductivity, pH) is done in accordance with a Quality Assurance Project Plan (“QAPP”). This data been used by state and regional water quality agencies to determine water quality impairments and to formulate remediation plans for swimming, fishing, wildlife, and other uses. Wishtoyo and its Ventura Coastkeeper program has also used this actionable data to bring polluters into compliance with applicable state and federal regulations, to support our legal and advocacy efforts to improve water quality, and to work with land owners to stop water pollution at its source.