The Southern California Stormwater Monitoring Coalition (SMC) has finalized plans for the third cycle of its Regional Watershed Monitoring Program that kicks off this spring.
The cyclical program’s workplan – which was developed by SCCWRP and approved by the SMC in January – calls for a study design that builds on prior stream surveys, while simultaneously expanding the program into new frontiers.
Among the new study design features is a stream causal assessment investigation that will work to determine specifically why some stream sites with degraded water quality score low using bioassessment-based stream scoring tools. Other new studies will target building out more bioassessment sampling data for certain high-interest areas, and mapping wet and dry channels in the region to better understand which streams are ephemeral vs. perennially flowing.
The expanded workplan overall is a cost-neutral survey for program participants, as the extensive stream data that was collected during previous program cycles has reduced the need to collect as much core monitoring data going forward.
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