Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory
Monitoring program names:
|Heal the Bay Stream Team|
Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):
|Contact Information |
Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups?
Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):25~
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number: Students Number:
Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 1998~
Sources of funding or in-kind support
| Federal Government||x State Government|| Local Government|
|x Foundations||x Businesses|| Memberships|
|x Donations||x Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)||Other:|
|Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?Yes Is it state-approved?No |
Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?
Counties in which you monitor:
Los Angeles County
Since 1998, almost 6,000 volunteers have gone through intense training and given their time as members of Heal the Bay's Stream Team. This volunteer crew of dedicated outdoors people spend their free time collecting environmental data in the Malibu Creek Watershed, which is the last natural watershed in Los Angeles, and home to some of the most beautiful wilderness in the L.A. area. Unfortunately, Malibu Creek, which drains to world-famous Surfrider Beach, suffers from high levels of bacteria, excessively high levels of nutrients and threatened habitat.
The Stream Team began by mapping Malibu Creek and its tributaries, using GPS technology to pinpoint the location of outfalls, pollution sources, and degraded habitat. We conducted extensive habitat restoration by removing invasive vegetation and replacing it with native plants. And we removed barriers to natural fish passage and migration, like the Texas Crossing in Serra Retreat. We also did research on the insects that live in the creek, which are good indicators of the overall health of the ecosystem. All of this data helped us determine where much of the pollution in the creek is coming from, how development has impacted the creek, and where some of the most urgent pollution problems are.
Today, Stream Team volunteers visit about 20 sites in the Malibu Creek watershed and conduct monthly water chemistry testing. They look at the site surroundings, speed of the water, clarity, and water temperature, and measure oxygen, dissolved solids, bacteria and nutrients. We enter this information into a database that then can track the health of a particular site over time, measuring impacts of things like development and rainfall.
Groundwater, Lake or Pond, River or Stream
Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, Flow/Water level, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Salinity, TSS/TDS, Turbidity, Water temp.
Aquatic vegetation, Bacteria, Fecal coliform, Habitat assessments, Terrestrial vegetation, Exotic / Invasive species
|Education||Our program, State government|
|Advocacy||Our program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government|
|Research ||Our program, Local government, State government|
|Community organizing|| |
|Screen for problems||Our program, Local government, State government|
|Establish baseline conditions||Our program, Local government, State government|
|Nonpoint source assessment|| |
|BMP evaluation|| |
|Land use decisions|| |
|Watershed planning||Our program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government|
|Plan restoration projects||Our program|
|Enforcement||Our program, Local government, State government|
|Shellfish bed closures||State government|
|Swimming advisories||Our program|
|State 305(b) report|| |