The Southern California Stormwater Monitoring Coalition in March kicked off Year 3 of field sampling for the second five-year cycle of its regional stream monitoring program.
The SMC Regional Watershed Monitoring Program, which is facilitated by SCCWRP, will build on the expanded sampling efforts initiated in Year 2. Assessments of hydromodification, vertebrate presence and flow monitoring that were initiated last year will continue in Year 3.
Additionally, the SMC will introduce sediment chemistry assessments in Year 3, augmenting sediment toxicity assessments.
Year 3 of field sampling also will include a new partnership with the U.S. National Park Service to sample sites on Santa Rosa Island, which will provide the first opportunity for the SMC to collect data from Channel Islands freshwater systems, including wet and flowing streams, as well as drier streams with less flow.
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