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Water Monitoring--RiverWat­ch for SD River Park Fdn

The vision of the San Diego River Park Foundation is to protect and enhance the San Diego River’s valuable natural and cultural resources and encourage communities to embrace this legacy and to celebrate it with the creation of a river-long park system as the river journeys from the hills and mountains near Julian and Santa Ysabel to the Pacific Ocean. 

The San Diego River Park will offer a variety of opportunities reflecting the communities in which the river is travelling through. It will be a unified system of parks, trails and open space. In some places there will be community plazas, public art and educational facilities and in some a more outdoor-focused experience for trail users and even wilderness opportunities. The green ribbon can serve to connect and unify the local landscape, and serve as a source of local pride for generations to come.


The Team uses a compact electronic sonde* (generously donated by Sontek/ YSI) to collect real-time data on the temperature, dissolved oxygen content, acidity or alkalinity, conductivity, and nutrient content of the River water at 15 different locations along the River. 

These parameters are used to provide a current picture of the state of the River water. The monthly monitoring results help provide an ongoing picture of how the River changes from season to season, and how that may affect the habitat, plants, and animals that live in and along the River. 

If you are interested in learning more about the health of the River and the requirements to join the RiverWatch Team, please contact the RiverWatch Coordinator at (619)[masked] or by email [masked].

* A Sonde (French for probe) is a water quality monitoring instrument, that may be stationary or may move up and down a water column, measuring, but not limited to, the following water attributes: salinity, dissolved oxygen,  temperature, conductivitypHturbidity, and depth.

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