SYRCL volunteers complete the 23rd year of river monitoring

South Yuba River Citizens League

SYRCL’s community-science-driven River Monitoring Program has finished its 23rd year of monitoring the Yuba River watershed! Each Spring, for the past 23 years, SYRCL has trained a group of amazing and dedicated river-loving volunteers to collect scientifically credible data for water quality parameters — such as water temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity, and turbidity — throughout the Yuba watershed.

Thanks to our volunteers, data is collected each month from March to November which allows SYRCL to monitor the health of the watershed and track any important changes that may occur over time. SYRCL’s River Monitoring Program is a prime example of a successful community science program. Training to become a River Monitor is free and open to all who are interested.  

Contact Abby Messe at if you’d like to become a volunteer River Monitor.

2023 Volunteer Stats:

  • 23 years of SYRCL’s river Monitoring Program completed!
  • 37 sites across the North, Middle, South, and Lower Yuba River
  • 51 active volunteers accumulated 886 volunteer hours
  • 1500 recorded water quality parameter measurements

Our water quality parameters include air and water temperature, specific conductivity, dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity, E. coli, nitrates, and salinity. All our volunteers complete their river monitoring on the second Saturday of each month, helping us to take a snapshot of the watershed, evaluate any areas of concern, and examine specific influences on water quality.

Our data is available at for anyone to look at and we encourage community members to check out the data throughout our watershed!

Learn more about SYRCL’s success with their River Monitoring program here.

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