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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Feather River Coordinated Resource Management Citizen Monitoring

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):

Contact Information
Name:Kara RockettStreet:550 Crescent St
City: QuincyState: California
Zip Code:95971Phone: (530) 283-3739
Email:kara@plumascounty.orgWeb site1:
Fax: Web site2:

Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? no

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):15
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:5 Students Number:150

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began:

Sources of funding or in-kind support
X Federal GovernmentX State GovernmentX Local Government
Foundations Businesses Memberships
Donations Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?No Is it state-approved?No
EPA-approved? No

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?No

Counties in which you monitor:
Plumas; Sierra

Program description:
The Feather River Coordinated Resource Management (FRCRM) group is a partnership of 23 public and private sector groups who formed in 1985 to collectively improve watershed health in the upper Feather River Watershed. Over 80 watershed projects have been completed including studies and assessments, stream restoration, monitoring, resource management plans, strategic planning, community outreach and educational activities. Over 30 miles of stream and 2,800 riparian acres have been treated over the last twenty years, at a cost of seven million dollars contributed largely by FRCRM partners. The FRCRM recognizes that restoring watershed function is a major priority in reversing erosional trends and improving environmental and economic resources. Stable, well-vegetated streams with functioning meadows, aquifers and uplands are critical in maintaining good watershed condition. Achieving this state begins with reestablishing
stability and proper hydrologic function in headwater meadows by reconnecting channels with historic floodplains. This represents the current focus of the FRCRM. Overall, restoration activities play an important role in accelerating improvement in watershed function, the local economy, and downstream uses. Public education is also an essential element to the success of the FRCRM program.

Monitoring Approach

The monitoring approach consists of three basic components that vary in scale, parameters measured and sampling interval. They are highlighted below.

* Continuous monitoring of temperature and surface flow at ten continuous recording stations located strategically in the watershed. Collect continuous turbidity data at two locations testing the effectiveness of two types of instruments. Collect bedload and suspended sediment samples in high flow conditions. Periodically collect conductivity and pH data with a hand held meter.
* Monitoring of 21 designated reference reaches that includes selected physical and biological parameters. Measurements include stream morphology, water chemistry, habitat, macro-invertebrates, and fisheries, and basically follow protocols established by the US Forest Service. Aerial and ground photography at pre-determined locations are used for comparison between data collection years.
* Assess the current state of the watershed in order to produce a "snapshot" of baseline watershed condition prior to initiating the monitoring program. Parameters were selected based on discussions with the Forest Service and data available, and are available in a GIS format. Comparison of the baseline to future watershed condition will support efforts to interpret and understand quantitative data collected at permanent sampling stations and reference reaches.

Sampling of reference reaches has been conducted for three field seasons: 1999, 2001, and 2003. Data are available by clicking on the site locations on the above map.

The selected monitoring strategy is based on the Stream Condition Inventory (SCI) protocol developed by the US Forest Service, with some modification. The program is integrated with other ongoing Feather River monitoring activities conducted by federal and state agencies, and citizens. A GIS data management system that is compatible with the Plumas National Forest system has been developed to facilitate data storage, analysis and sharing. A technical subcommittee composed of FRCRM Monitoring Committee members, agency specialists, and academic reviewers provide technical guidance on the implementation of the program.

Environments monitored:
Groundwater, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Conductivity, Flow/Water level, Rainfall, TSS/TDS, Turbidity, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Fish, Habitat assessments, Terrestrial vegetation, Wildlife, Exotic / Invasive species

Exotic/Invasive Species:

Additional activities:
Debris cleanup, Restoration, Storm drain stenciling, Stream channel morphology

Restoration activities:
Pond and Plug Restoration

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Research Our program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Community organizing 
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditionsLocal government, State government
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planningOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Plan restoration projectsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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