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...

Read more ...

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...

Read more ...

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...

Read more ...

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...

Read more ...


Water Quality Monitoring Documents

DateTitleCategoriesTags
3/31/2020Integrated Monitoring ReportReports
3/9/2020Part E – Cost SummaryReports
3/3/2020Part D – POC MonitoringReports
3/2/2020Part C – SSIDReports
3/2/2020Part B – Creek Status and Pesticides ToxicityReports
3/2/2020Part A – SF Bay (RMP)Exclude, Reports
3/28/2019Urban Creeks Monitoring Report Water Year 2018Reports
10/15/2018Pollutants of Concern Monitoring Reports Water Year 2018Reports
3/31/2018Urban Creeks Monitoring Report Water Year 2017Reports
10/15/2017Pollutants of Concern Monitoring Report Water Year 2017Reports
3/31/2017Urban Creeks Monitoring Report Water Year 2016Reports
10/14/2016Pollutants of Concern Monitoring Report Water Year 2016Reports
3/31/2016Creek Status and Pesticides & Toxicity Monitoring Quality Assurance Project PlanReports
3/28/2016Urban Creeks Monitoring Report Water Year 2015Reports
3/1/2016Creek Status and Pesticides & Toxicity Monitoring Standard Operating ProceduresReports
3/1/2016BASMAA Regional Monitoring Coalition: Creek Status Monitoring Program Standard Operating ProceduresWork Plans
3/1/2016BASMAA Regional Monitoring Coalition: Creek Status Monitoring Program Quality Assurance Project PlanWork Plans
3/15/2015Urban Creeks Monitoring Report Water Year 2014Reports
3/14/2014Integrated Monitoring ReportReports
2/21/2014Pollutants of Concern (POC) Loads Monitoring Report, Water Years 2012 & 2013, Feb. 2014Reports
9/15/2013BASMAA Regional Pollutants of Concern Report FY 2012-2013Reports
3/15/2013BASMAA Regional Monitoring Coalition Urban Creeks Monitoring Report (Water Year 2012)Reports
3/15/2013Urban Creeks Monitoring Report Water Year 2012Reports
9/15/2012Guadalupe River Stressor/Source Identification Project: Interim Monitoring Project Report (2012)Work Plans
9/15/2012Coyote Creek Stressor/Source Identification Project: Interim Monitoring Project Report (2012)Work Plans
9/15/2012BASMAA Regional Pollutants of Concern Report FY 2011-2012 and Regional Monitoring Coalition Monitoring Status Report for February – June 2012Reports
3/22/2012BASMAA Regional Monitoring Coalition: Creek Status and Long-Term Trends Monitoring PlanWork Plans
3/16/2012BASMAA Small Tributaries Loading Strategy Multi-Year Plan (2012)Work Plans
2/27/2012Regional Monitoring Coalition: Creek Status and Long-Term Trends MonitoringFact Sheets
2/1/2011BASMAA Regional Monitoring Coalition – Multi-Year Work Plan FY 2009-10 through FY 2014-15Work Plans
9/30/2010Coyote Creek Stressor Identification Monitoring Project – Monitoring Plan (2011)Work Plans
9/15/2009Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Summary Report: Guadalupe RiverReports
3/1/2009FY 09-10 Annual Monitoring and Watershed Management Measures Work PlanWork Plans
9/15/2008Assessment of Water and Sediment Chemistry and Toxicity – Stevens CreekReports
9/15/2008Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Summary Report: Coyote and Lower Penitencia Creeks and TributariesReports
3/1/2008FY 08-09 Annual Monitoring and Watershed Management Measures Work PlanWork Plans
9/15/2007Monitoring and Assessment Summary Report: Santa Clara Basin Creeks (2002-2007)Reports
3/1/2007FY 07-08 Annual Monitoring and Watershed Management Measures Work PlanWork Plans
9/15/2006SCVURPPP FY 05-06 Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Summary ReportReports
3/1/2006FY 06-07 Annual Monitoring and Watershed Management Measures Work PlanWork Plans
9/15/2005SCVURPPP FY 04-05 Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Summary ReportReports
2/25/2005FY 05-06 Annual Monitoring and Watershed Management Measures Work PlanWork Plans
9/15/2004SCVURPPP FY 03-04 Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Summary ReportReports
7/1/2004Revised Multi-Year Receiving Waters Monitoring PlanWork Plans
3/1/2004FY 04-05 Annual Monitoring and Watershed Management Measures Work PlanWork Plans
9/15/2003SCVURPPP FY 02-03 Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Summary ReportReports
2/28/2003FY 03-04 Annual Monitoring and Watershed Management Measures Work PlanWork Plans