The regular collection of creek water chemistry data provides important information on creek health over time. Youth and adults alike will gain a new appreciation of the importance of our local creeks as well as the diversity and beauty of the plants and animals that live there.

We collect water quality data monthly in 8 local creeks. For four creeks — San Francisquito, Matadero, Barron, and Adobe Creeks — our efforts are funded through a partnership with the City of Palo Alto. The sites we monitor are shown on maps, and our results (since early 2014) are viewable from our Water Quality Monitoring Map website.

Events are listed to the right on our calendar and Eventbrite. Projects and contact information are listed below for each of the creeks that we currently monitor. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

San Francisquito Creek: One Saturday per month; five sites monitored.
Contact Erin Banks Rusby

Stevens Creek: One Sunday per month; eight sites monitored.
Contact Jeremy Merckling

Adobe, Barron, and Matadero Creeks: One weekday per month; eight sites monitored.
Contact Erin Banks Rusby

Los Trancos and Buckeye Creeks: Turbidity monitoring conducted during high flows.
Contact Avi Starr-Glass