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Clean Water Team (CWT) – Citizen Monitoring

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Our Mission …  “To build and support the State’s Watersheds’ Stewardship through citizen monitoring in order to reduce and prevent water pollution.”


Citizen Monitoring

Citizen monitoring is any water quality monitoring activity that relies in whole or in part on participation by volunteers, students or non-paid staff. A variety of organizations may be involved in citizen monitoring projects, including but not limited to non-profit groups, Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs), Coordinated Resource Management and Planning (CRMP) groups, local government agencies, and colleges.

About the Clean Water Team
The Clean Water Team (CWT) is the citizen monitoring program of the State Water Resources Control Board. The CWT is a part of the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP). The CWT Citizen Monitoring Coordinator(s) work statewide in order to provide technical assistance and guidance documents, training, QA/QC support, temporary loans of equipment and communication to citizen monitoring programs and watershed stewardship organizations.

General Information on Citizen Monitoring
Learn more about citizen monitoring in California and how you can become involved with improving and protecting surface water quality as a citizen scientist.

Quick Links


The Achievements Report(s) highlights recent accomplishments of the SWAMP and its partners which includes the Clean Water Team.


email image Stay current on California’s citizen monitoring activities (workshops, grants, news, etc.) by subscribing to the "Citizen Monitoring Program/Clean Water Team” email list.

To join the Clean Water Team / Citizen Monitoring email:

  1. Visit www.waterboards.ca.gov/resources/email_subscriptions/swrcb_subscribe.shtml
  2. Enter your email address and name
  4. Place a check mark next to "Citizen Monitoring Program / Clean Water Team"
  5. Click the "subscribe" button.

Clean Water Team Resources

Citizen Monitoring Communication

The California Citizen Science, Crowdsourcing (CA-CSCS) and STEM Toolkit for Agencies and Tribes Working with Surface Waters and Watersheds

STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Clean Water Team Technical and Organizational Resources (Citizen Monitoring Tools)

Clean Water Team Monitoring Equipment Lending Program

Citizen Monitoring Programs in California

Webinars on Citizen Monitoring

Dates Topics
Various California Water Quality Monitoring Collaboration Network
July 22, 2009 California Clean Water Team
October 28, 2009 Citizen Monitoring in Watersheds Flowing to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
January 27, 2010 Friends of Deer Creek: Linking Science, Water and People
April 21, 2010 Orange County CoastKeeper: Redefining the Realm of Citizen Monitoring
November 4, 2010 Collaborations for Healthier Streams: California Watersheds and AmeriCorps Programs
January 24, 2013 San Diego Coastkeeper: Citizen Scientists Watching the Waters of America’s Finest City

State Resources for California Watershed Monitoring and Stewardship

Additional Resource Links

Workshops and Training

Calendars and Events

Volunteers & Water Board Staff