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Help monitor local creeks
March 2008

The Coastal Watershed Council and the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Citizen Watershed Monitoring Network are currently recruiting volunteers to help with the 9th annual Snapshot Day event being held Saturday, May 3. Snapshot Day is a one-day event that seeks to provide a "snapshot" of water quality throughout the Central Coast. Snapshot Day volunteers monitor water quality in over 100 streams flowing into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Volunteer trainings will be conducted on Saturday, April 19 in Santa Cruz and on Saturday, April 26 in Monterey. Volunteers will be provided with a three-hour training in the methods of physical, chemical, and biological water quality monitoring.

Snapshot Day began on Earth Day 2000 and has become a widely-recognized volunteer event in which important water quality information is gathered. Data collected by volunteers is used to influence water-resource management, public policy decisions, and to educate the general public, with the goal of improving water quality. Last year, 164 volunteers monitored water quality at 180 sites.

For more information and to volunteer contact:

Santa Cruz County:
Debi Chirco-Macdonald, 464-9200,

Monterey County:
Anna Holden, 647-4227,

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