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Watershed Community Monitoring Project of Clean Streams/ Clean Bay (CS/CB)

Organization: Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
2001 Grant Recipient - Santa Clara County

Purpose

The Clean Streams / Clean Bay (CS/CB) Community Watershed Monitoring Project addressed the problem of toxic contamination, primarily mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in the Santa Clara Basin and San Francisco Bay watersheds. These toxins degrade the health of local streams and the bay by accumulating in fish which if over-consumed pose threats to human health. This program allowed local high school students to become involved with monitoring their streams and educating the community about protecting and monitoring the watersheds in their area.

The goals of Clean Streams / Clean Bay for this project were:

  1. To Build Community Ownership of Pollution Problems-through public information programs and citizen participation in watershed monitoring.
  2. To reduce Pollution-by using citizen monitoring to shape the TMDL research agenda.
  3. To Demonstrate Effective Citizen Participation- through advocacy activities designed to influence timely pollution reduction action.

2012 Update

Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition has been able to significantly expand its Sustainable Water Program activities since the spring of 2011. They established a strong presence beyond our South Bay base to become a recognized leader among community organizations working in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Their expanded activities have increased their ability to affect local and regional water policy agendas and principally addressed two regional initiatives: 1) The CALFED Bay-Delta Program, and 2) The San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board TMDLs (Total Maximum Daily Load processes) affecting the San Francisco Bay Estuary. Read more ...

NRPI Database Entry:
http://www.ice.ucdavis.edu/nrpi/NRPIDescription.asp?ProjectPK=5718
Elena Clariza and Pam Struner were the original Directors on this project.

Contact for the Project

Sheila Davis
Executive Director
Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
Phone: (408) 287-6707
Email: SDavis@svtc.org

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Project Photos

Pioneer High School student volunteers and Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition staff at the 2002
Pioneer High School's Service Learning presentation.

Pioneer High School student volunteers and Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition staff at the 2002 Pioneer High School's Service Learning presentation.

Elsie Fung, a high school senior and a volunteer, helps put clams in mesh bags that will be
taken to the Guadalupe and Coyote creeks.

A high school senior and a volunteer, helps put clams in mesh bags that will be taken to the Guadalupe and Coyote creeks.

Student volunteers hammering construction stakes into the streambed.
The stakes are used to hold mesh bags containing the clams.

Student volunteers hammering construction stakes into the streambed. The stakes are used to hold mesh bags containing the clams.

Youth volunteers with mesh bag after retrieval three months later.

Youth volunteers with mesh bag after retrieval three months later.

Last modified: 6/19/2012 12:45 PM by S. Haren

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