What is Urban Watch?
The CWC’s Monterey Bay Urban Watch Program helps to answer questions about what kinds of urban runoff pollution are entering our storm drains, creeks and streams, and the Monterey Bay during the dry weather season (June – September). Urban Watch volunteers perform in-field analysis on flows from local storm drain outfalls looking for some of our most common “urban pollutants” like detergents, chlorine, copper, and turbidity. Visit our Data Stewardship Portal for results from past years.
What do you do?
Community volunteers are trained to analyze water samples using the Urban Watch Storm Drain Monitoring Kit. Volunteers are also trained to monitor water temperature, conductivity, pH , water color and odor and to collect monthly samples for bacteria and nutrient analysis. No chemistry background or prior monitoring experience is needed to participate.