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Volunteers needed for water testing

April 2009

On May 2 volunteers from all over the Central Coast will descend on local creeks and streams to test the water. The event, called “Snapshot Day” because it provides a snapshot of water quality in over 100 streams spanning more than 300 miles of our coastline, is sponsored by the Coastal Watershed Council and the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Citizen Watershed Monitoring Network.

The water quality information collected is used by resource and local government agencies and community groups to assist in protecting and improving local streams. Last year nearly 200 volunteers participated in water quality monitoring at more than 180 sites along the California Coast.

Volunteers may be of any age and should sign up for one of the training classes listed below. To sign up visit

Santa Cruz County:
Saturday, April 25, 9:00-12:00 p.m., Natural Bridges State Beach Interpretive Center.

Monterey County:
Sunday, April 26, 12:00-3:00 p.m. MBNMS Main Office, 299 Foam Street, Monterey.

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