Summer is almost here and so it the 2016 Urban Watch Program in the City of Capitola!

First launched in 2000, the Urban Watch is a program that monitors urban runoff is entering our storm drains, streams and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary during the dry season (June – September). Over the course of the summer, Urban Watch volunteers perform in-field analysis on flows from storm drainages and Soquel and Nobel Gulch Creeks looking for our most common “urban pollutants” like chlorine, copper and detergent.

Volunteers are trained by CWC staff on how to perform water quality field measurements and collect water samples for bacteria, nutrients and copper analysis. Sign up by contacting River Scientist Alev Bilginsoy at or call (831) 464-9200.

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