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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Friends of Sausal Creek

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

Contact Information
Name:Emma Brown, Nick KishStreet:P.O. Box 2737
City: OaklandState: California
Zip Code:94602Phone: 510- 501-FOSC (3672)
Email:coordinator@sausalcreek.orgWeb site1:
Fax: 510 864 7175Web site2:

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

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):60
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number: Students Number:

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $1,000 Year monitoring began: 1996

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State Governmentx Local Government
x Foundations Businessesx Memberships
x 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:

Program description:
The Friends of Sausal Creek have a number of different monitoring teams:
Aquatic Insect Team: The Aquatic Insect Team meets monthly, usually the 3rd Sunday morning of the month, to count aquatic insects at sites along Sausal Creek in Oakland's Dimond Park and Dimond Canyon.
Oyster Monitoring Team: The Oyster Monitoring Team meets every other week, on Saturday mornings, to monitor native oysters and water quality in the Oakland Estuary at the mouth of Sausal Creek.
Streamflow and Water Quality Team: The Streamflow and Water Quality Team meets monthly to do pre-, mid-, and post-project monitoring at restoration sites.
Bird Monitoring Team: The bird monitoring team meets on the2nd Saturday of the month, conducting 10 minute point counts at 12 locations in the Sausal Creek Watershed.
Terrestrial Vegetation Team: Vegetation team is monitoring percent cover of native/non-native plants at restoration sites.

Environments monitored:
Estuary, River or Stream

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Alkalinity, Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, Flow/Water level, Nitrogen, pH, Phosphorus, Salinity, Secchi transparency, TSS/TDS, Turbidity, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Aquatic vegetation, Bacteria, Birds, Fish, Habitat assessments, Macroinvertebrates, Shellfish, Terrestrial vegetation, Wildlife

Exotic/Invasive Species:
not specified

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

Restoration activities:
riparian, oak woodland

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
AdvocacyOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Research University scientists
Community organizingOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Screen for problemsOur program
Establish baseline conditionsOur program, Local government
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisions 
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projectsOur program, Non-governmental community organizations
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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