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MBNMS Volunteer Opportunities: Snapshot Day

Monterey County volunteer gathered
Monterey County volunteer gathered at REI in Marina before heading out to assigned sites.

 

Volunteers check dissolved oxygen at Carmel River State Beach
Volunteers check dissolved oxygen at Carmel River State Beach. Photo: C. Muegge.

On the first Saturday in May, volunteers from San Mateo County to San Luis Obispo County participate in the annual “Snapshot Day" Event. Trained volunteers participate in this Sanctuary-wide volunteer water quality monitoring event designed to increase information and public awareness about water quality issues affecting watersheds that drain to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS). This community event provides a one-day "snapshot" of the health of the rivers and streams that flow into the MBNMS. Temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, and conductivity are measured in the field and water samples are collected for laboratory analysis of nutrients and bacteria levels. The volunteers collecting this valuable information play a key role in our community as stewards of our watersheds. The information they provide is used by resource agencies, local governments and community groups to protect and improve the health of our local streams through the 303(d) list among other resources.

17th Annual Snapshot Day is Saturday, May 7th, 2016

     
Training Date Location
  Saturday April 30th, 11am-1pm Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor Community Room - for Santa Cruz
  Sunday May 1st, 11am-1pm REI (145 General Stillwell Drive, Marina) - for Monterey
  Monday May 2nd, 5:30pm-7:30pm San Mateo County Resource Conservation District
625 Miramontes Street, Half Moon Bay
  Tuesday April 28th, 5:30pm-7:30pm Coastal Discovery Center (Hearst State Beach, San Simeon) - for San Luis Obispo
 
To get involved in Snapshot Day please contact Lisa Emanuelson or call (831) 647-4227, or check out the 2016 Snapshot Day Poster (575K PDF).

Volunteers check water quality at San Carpoforo Creek in San Luis Obispo County

For more information please check out these links

Volunteers check water quality at San Carpoforo Creek in San Luis Obispo County.
Photo: H. Kilpatrick.
URL: http://montereybay.noaa.gov/getinvolved/volunteer/snapshotday.html    Reviewed: November 18, 2016
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