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Improving Watershed Health using Citizen Monitoring, Bioassessment and Water Quality Data in Collaboration with State, County and Local Governments. Joanne Hild Friends of Deer Creek Nevada City, California. Friends of Deer Creek and the State of California Cooperative work.

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Improving Watershed Health

using Citizen Monitoring,

Bioassessment and Water Quality Data

in Collaboration with State, County and Local Governments

Joanne Hild

Friends of Deer Creek

Nevada City, California

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Friends of Deer Creek and the State of California

Cooperative work

2000 until present: Collaboratively wrote and adhere to Quality Assurance Project Plan with State Water Resources Control Board. Includes quarterly Technical Advisory Committee and biannual Intercallibration sessions.

2000 until present: Developed benthic macroinvertebrate bioassessment and

analysis with Jim Harrington, State Department of Fish and Game.

2003: State Water Resources Control Board 303(d) impaired water body listing of lower Deer Creek for pH

2005: State and FODC jointly held a Mercury Conference in Nevada City

2005-2006: Regional Water Quality Control Board trained and gave

FODC 100 samples for total mercury in soil and water during storm events.

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Mean pH

2000-2006

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2004

Deer Creek

1850

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Partnership with

California Regional

Quality Control Board

Mercury Survey Objectives:

  • Determine the extent and magnitude of mercury contamination
  • Identify major mercury source locations for the purposes of

remediation

  • Characterize mercury transport/streamflow relationships

in order to estimate mercury loads

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Partnership with Regional Board:

100 water and sediment samples during storms.

Partnerships with BLM and USGS:

sample macroinvertebrates to determine the amount of methyl mercury getting into the food chain.

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Current and future projects involving

State, County, Local Governments

Installation of storm drains within

Nevada City

Development of erosion Best Management Practices with Nevada City, Grass Valley, Nevada County

Working with county to convert

wastewater disinfection from

chlorination to UV

Restoration project in Nevada City park

Expansion of

FODC Analytical Lab

Development of riparian interpretive trail on Nevada City and BLM property

Work with members of

Yuba-Bear Watershed

Council

Bacteria study in conjunction with Nevada County Environmental Health

Collaboration with State on arsenic and heavy metal studies.

Stressor Identification study using macroinvertebrates with State Fish and Game

Writing a macroinvertebrate identification manual for groups in the State.

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Joanne Hild

[email protected]

(530)265-6090

www.friendsofdeercreek.org

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