In addition to CSERC’s ongoing efforts to monitor water quality in the national forest, staff will be expanding monitoring efforts in 2018 to include numerous foothill streams in the Central Sierra Nevada region.
Current land-use activities affect water quality in the Central Sierra Nevada foothill region. Pollution from bacteria, fertilizers, pesticides and sediment, to name a few, have altered aquatic ecosystems and made some stream and rivers unsafe for human contact. Locally, bacteria pollution from failing septic system infrastructure and agricultural practices are a major concern for water quality.
CSERC’s water quality monitoring effort in the foothill region will look specifically at bacteria pollution in numerous streams extending from the Mokelumne River watershed in the north to the Merced River watershed in the south. Water quality sampling for fecal indicator bacteria will follow strict protocols approved by the State Water Board.