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The Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) is pleased to present the 2014 update to the SWAMP Achievements Report. The Achievements Report highlights recent accomplishments of SWAMP and its partners, framing the many projects SWAMP is a part of in the context of their value to the State of California and the public at large.

Final Report: Region 8 Multiyear Report Wadeable Streams Bioassessment Santa Ana Region (2006 - 2011) - May 2015

The California CyanoHAB (Cyanobacteria Harmful Algal Blooms) Network, a Workgroup of the California Water Quality Monitoring Council, has a dedicated website now.

Webinar Announcement - NOAA remote sensing tools and application for evaluating CyanoHABs (cyanobacteria Harmful Algal Blooms) in California lakes

SWAMP now has nearly all the videos from the 2014 California Aquatic Bioassessment Workgroup (CABW) Web Posted

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...
http://www.mywaterquality.ca.gov/safe_to_eat/consumption_advisories/ or http://www.oehha.ca.gov/fish/so_cal/

Now that early fall is here, check out your local stream or river to see the changes! Unless you live downstream a ways, your nearest stream may not have water in this 4th year of drought. If your stream has water, you can use our Rivers & Streams Portal to see what to look for. As fall weather comes on & for your own safety, please stay away from any landslide or flash flood hazard areas following 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, Lake Tahoe, Eldorado County and San Francisco Bay area spots at: http://www.mywaterquality.ca.gov/safe_to_swim/. Remember the water is not healthy & safe for 3 days following a major storm, due to polluted runoff.

2014 SWAMP Review: In 2014 SWAMP conducted an internal programmatic review to evaluate program functions and effectiveness, and to recommend actions to ensure the program's continued success.

The Stream Pollution Trends Program (SPoT) has a new web page on the SWAMP website and the 2014 SPoT report has recently been released.   Please review the new web page and see five years of data trends in the 2014 report, Trends in Chemical Contamination, Toxicity and Land Use in California Watersheds.

SWAMP is happy to present the Colorado River Basin Region (Region 7)
Final Report: Evaluation of Sediment, Water and Fish Tissue in Salton Sea, Alamo River and New River (2001-2012) - August 2012

SWAMP is pleased to present the
SWAMP Safe-to-Swim Study Region 5, Central Valley Region.

Survey of Sport Fish Contaminants in CA Rivers & Streams - SWAMP released findings from the first-ever statewide survey of contaminants in sport fish from California rivers and streams. The survey, conducted in 2011, analyzed 16 fish species from 63 locations for multiple contaminants, including methylmercury and PCBs

Survey of Mercury Exposure and Risk in Wildlife in CA Lakes & Reservoirs - A two-year study to collect data on mercury concentrations in grebes and fish in 24 California lakes and reservoirs. The data will be used to develop a tool to translate observed mercury concentrations in fish into estimated mercury concentrations in birds.

California Stream Condition Index (CSCI) - SWAMP's new CSCI was finalized in 2013 and represents the next generation of biological indicator for assessing stream health throughout the state. Unlike previous regionally-based indices, the CSCI was built with a statewide dataset representing the broad range of environmental conditions across California. The CSCI is the basis of the new statewide Biological Integrity Assessment implementation.

Central Coast Healthy Watersheds Project Website - The Central Coast Region is developing a new website for the Healthy Watersheds Project that will host the project's site-specific report cards and water quality data.

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?

From the State Water Board! The Water Boards has developed a Quality Assurance/Quality Control Website. You may access it at:

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.

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