As stewards of the land who live and work in our watersheds, we try to record the conditions that we observe. Monitoring supports our work by helping to characterize and record trends of watershed health over time, and also provides essential information about pre and post project conditions to ensure that our land management practices and restoration activities are successful in improving the health of the environment.

Since 2005, the Watershed Center has been monitoring water quality in the South Fork Trinity River, its tributaries, and it’s neighboring watersheds.  We gather valuable data to assess ongoing risks and conditions, helping to prioritize restoration and preventative efforts, and creating a database to inform collaborative projects and land-scape scale planning. Some parameters are measured on an annual basis while others are on a short term project basis. We have the tools and experience to implement a variety of monitoring projects, and we coordinate with private landowners and public agencies for land access, data sharing, allowing us to increase stewardship capacity.

Our monitoring work includes:

  • Water
    • Temperature
    • Stream Discharge (flow)
    • Sediment Transport
    • Nutrients
    • Macro-Invertebrates
    • Turbidity
  • Fisheries
    • Steelhead and Chinook spawning surveys
    • Snorkel surveys –Hayfork Creek and South Fork Trinity River
  • Invasive Weeds
  • Post Fire Effects- prescribed fire and wildfire
  • California Cooperative Snow Surveys- Trinity Alps Wilderness courses

The data collected from our efforts is used to support land management actions, restoration activities, landowner services, and regional databases.

For more information on our monitoring program, please contact Cindy Buxton at or 530.628.4206