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Look into and learn, and/or teach your kids some local stream lore for summer.

This summer - how does recreation at your local beach look? Is the water quality OK for wading or swimming? Check out your nearest ocean beaches and San Francisco Bay area spots at: http://www.mywaterquality.ca.gov/safe_to_swim/

New from the Clean Water Team!: 'Bugs to Go'; A Portable Application for People Curious About Water Critters. What do you call the stuff at the bottom of a river or stream?

SWAMP is pleased to announce the 2013 California Aquatic Bioassessment Workgroup Videos are now available

Final Report on Wadeable Streams Bioassessment - Region 8, February 2014

The data collected in the Santa Ana Region and watershed during the 2011 bioassessment sampling events concluded the subset of the proposed sites that were to be collected within the region over a six-year experimental period. These results obtained from 2006 to 2011 will provide information for a detailed analysis of the health of the waters within the region.

New from the State Water Board! SWRCB has developed a Quality Assurance/Quality Control Website. You may access it at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/quality_assurance/

From SWAMP Partners: The 2013 CA Aquatic Bioassessment Workgroup (CABW) presentations are now available online. These presentations include a wealth of updated stream macroinvertebrate, watershed health, climate change, and other important and timely information.

From SWAMP Partners: Now Available from the Healthy Streams Partnership: California Integrated Assessment of Watershed Health: A report on the Status and Vulnerability of Watershed Health in California, 2013. Prepared by the Cadmus Group, Inc., and the California Healthy Streams Partnership for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA-841-R-14-003. November 2013. 118 pp.

SWAMP has released the program’s first Freshwater Algae Report: (The) Condition of California Perennial, Wadeable Streams Based on Algal Indicators - October 2013. SWAMP's overall algae work can be found at: Freshwater Algae Reports.

From SWAMP Partners: In April 2012, a scientific advisory panel named the "Ecosystems Panel (Panel)" provided recommendations for the monitoring of Constituents of Emerging Concern (CECs) in aquatic ecosystems. We now have the September 2013 CECs Stakeholders and Technical Advisory Kick-off Meeting Presentations Available.

Statewide Survey Maps Sport Fish Contamination in California Rivers and Streams - Concentrations of contaminants such as methylmercury and pesticides in sport fish were found to be low at the majority of locations sampled in the first-ever systematic statewide survey of California rivers and streams.

The Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program has updated the Quality Control and Sample Handling guidelines for the program. The new tables replace Measurement Quality Objectives, Sample Handling and Corrective Action that previously appeared in the 2008 SWAMP Quality Assurance Program Plan (QAPrP). The tables are now easier to find and are organized by matrix and analytical category on the SWAMP website. To link to the new tables click here.

SWAMP's Bioaccumulation Oversight Group (BOG) convened a workshop on the issue of freshwater cyanotoxins, to reduce the substantial gap in statewide monitoring efforts related to freshwater cyanotoxins. The Summary Report from this workshop is 'Assessing Cyanotoxins in California Fresh Water Habitats'.

Ecosystem Health, Water Board's Performance Report FY 11-12 - Includes environmental health information for our coastal areas, streams, wetlands and lakes.

Water Quality Monitoring Collaboration Network Monthly Webinars

Creek Watch: Using iPhones to Help Our Watersheds

SWAMP Field Methods Course - Now complete with the addition of Module 7: Biological & Physical Assessments


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 information

Contact Mary Tappel for assistance finding reports, tools, templates, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), or any general monitoring information on this large SWAMP website:

Mary Tappel