Our community needs good information to inform decisions about how to take care of our streams and keep them healthy. You can help!
One key question that we still need to answer is: when do our local creeks go dry? If we have a good picture of this across the watershed, we can start to make better choices about where to take conservation actions.
We also need to know: where is the trash? We want to collect trash before it gets to the Napa River.
Click on the 'How to use the tool' tab above for more instructions.
To add an observation, click Add Your Observation.
Observe stream flow and trash in the field using this web form on your mobile device.
You must have internet access and share location information to submit your observation. Note: internet access at some sites depends on cell service provider.
Follow the guidance below to choose the correct category for stream flow and trash based on your current observation.
When observing a site pay close attention to whether you are facing upstream or downstream. A pop-up tab will appear for each site with directions to the site.
Contribute to the map! Upload your own photos and stream observation.
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Trash is spread throughout the majority of the area, with a few areas remaining clean. There are 10 or more pieces of trash within the vicinity.
The presence and timing of stream flow is an indicator as to the health of a stream. It is important to monitor stream flow conditions over the course of the year to determine when a stream goes dry, since the timing can be critical to local animal, plant and fish species.
Isolated Pools - Example 2
Water in stream, but it is not connected, and does not appear to be flowing. Pools of water separated by rocks or other materials.
Flowing - Example 1
Water is continuous, but may not be moving. If a leaf were on the surface of the water, it would not move downstream.