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Sound Science for Informed Water Quality Management
SWAMP is tasked with assessing water quality in all of California’s surface waters. The program conducts monitoring directly and through collaborative partnerships; and provides numerous information products, all designed to support water resource management in California.
- Bioaccumulation Monitoring Program
- Bioassessment Monitoring Program
- Stream Pollution Trends (SPoT) Monitoring Program
- Freshwater CyanoHABs Program (Blue-Green Algae)
- Special Studies
- SWAMP Statewide Planning Documents
- SWAMP General Information (Fact Sheets, Posters, etc.)
- Webinars and PowerPoint Presentations
- Regional Reports and Documents
See what we're doing (& what we've done)
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Introduction to Toxicity Test Methodology and Applications Technical Memo (February 2016)
A Regional Approach to Evaluating the Biological Condition of Southern California's Wadeable Streams (February 2016)
Going fishing soon? Is it a good idea to eat what you catch from your local river, stream, reservoir or lake? Check it out at...
Now that spring has arrived, check out your local stream or river to see the changes! It's still possible your nearest stream may not have water in our continuing drought. If your stream now has water flow, you can use our Rivers & Streams Portal to see what to look for. For your own safety, please stay away from any landslide or flash flood hazard areas during and following any major storms.
How does recreation at your local beach look? Is the water quality OK for wading, surfing, or swimming? Check out your nearest ocean beaches, and many inland spots at: http://www.mywaterquality.ca.gov/safe_to_swim/index.html. Remember the ocean waters are not healthy & safe for 3 days following a major storm, due to polluted runoff.
Mercury Risks To Wildlife In California Lakes: Statewide Survey Finds Fish-Eating Birds At Risk in Many Lakes (December 2015)
Toxicity Recommendations Memo (September 2015)
The North Coast Region SWAMP program has completed two new Data Reports, one on Groundwater Data, and one on Surface Water & Sediment Data (November 2015).
The California Aquatic Bioassessment Workgroup (CABW) meeting slide presentations are now web posted. This year's 2015 October 20th-21st meeting at UC Davis included presentations on creek & meadow restoration, causal assessments, & juvenile salmonids in intermittent streams, among other topics.
Announcing SWAMP's new Bioassessment Website (2015)
The Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) is pleased to announce the release of a new technical memo titled "The California Stream Condition Index (CSCI): A New Statewide Biological Scoring Tool for Assessing the Health of Freshwater Streams," and CSCI Scores Map & Interim instructions for calculating scores using GIS and R (October 2015).
The California CyanoHAB (Cyanobacteria Harmful Algal Blooms) Network (2015), a Workgroup of the California Water Quality Monitoring Council, has a dedicated website now. An online Webinar is also now available: the Water Quality Monitoring Collaborative Network presents: Widespread Prevalence of Cyanobacteria &; Cyanotoxins from a Variety of California Waterbodies by David A Caron, Avery O. Tatters and Meredith Howard
SWAMP Field Methods Course - Now complete with the addition of Module 7: Biological & Physical Assessments
WATER QUALITY SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM
June 29th- The 1st Annual Water Quality Science Symposium follows the Water Boards’ Data Fair and Data Innovation Challenge,
with the focus being on the use of data by other programs and Departments.
OIMA Brown Bag Seminar Series
The Office of Information Management and Analysis (OIMA) is pleased to announce that it has organized a monthly Brown Bag Seminar series for 2016. All staff and the public interested in water quality data analysis and monitoring are invited to attend.
- Interpretation of Toxicity and Contaminant Monitoring Data: Case Studies from the Stream Pollution Trends Program (SPoT) - Thursday, May 26 12:00-12:30 PM | Flyer | Video
- Past Brown Bag Series and Schedule for 2016
Meet our Partners
SWAMP has developed a rich and varied network of partners over the years.
Go to the "Meet Our Partners" webpage to be directed to the project/partner feature page.
Contact Mary Tappel for assistance finding reports, tools, templates, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), or any general monitoring information on this large SWAMP website: