Water Quality Monitoring

Collecting water quality data is critical for seeing how the health of local waterways has improved or been impacted over the years. SCVURPPP has been a regional, statewide and national leader in monitoring water quality. The Program and its partner agencies regularly monitor Santa Clara Valley creeks, rivers and the San Francisco Bay. Findings from these monitoring efforts have helped municipalities manage stormwater pollution more effectively.

Bay-Area Wide Monitoring Efforts

Water bodies that flow to SF Bay (Photos by Program Staff) As part of regional efforts to assess Bay Area water quality, SCVURPPP combines Santa Clara Valley creek monitoring data with data from other Bay Area counties. The Program has been involved in the following regional efforts: BASMAA Regional Monitoring Coalition – a collaboration among...

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Local Creek Health

People, fish and aquatic life all benefit from healthy surface waters.  What is the condition of aquatic life in creeks in the San Francisco Bay Area?  What are long-term trends in water quality in local creeks? For nearly two decades, SCVURPPP has carried out an award-winning stream water quality monitoring program in the Santa Clara...

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Sources of Impacts to Creeks

What are the major stressors to aquatic life?  Fish and aquatic life need healthy waters and complex, natural habitats to thrive.  Natural stream areas in the Santa Clara Valley have fair to good health, and over half of these healthier streams are in protected areas with open space.  However, many areas have reduced stream health...

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Explore Water Quality Monitoring Data

Coming soon: Interactive Water Quality Data Explorer! We are creating one place for you to explore data from biological, physical and chemical monitoring efforts across Santa Clara Valley. This involves integrating several years' worth of a variety of data, including: Creek health parameters, PCBs and mercury, and trash. Check back later to explore data, maps, graphs...

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Water Quality Monitoring Documents

DateTitleCategoriesTags
3/28/2019Urban Creeks Monitoring Report Water Year 2018Reports
3/31/2018Urban Creeks Monitoring Report Water Year 2017Reports
3/31/2017Urban Creeks Monitoring Report Water Year 2016Reports
3/28/2016Urban Creeks Monitoring Report Water Year 2015Reports
3/15/2015Urban Creeks Monitoring Report Water Year 2014Reports