Stream Watch

Help keep an eye on our streams!

We need your help to answer key questions that will help us figure out where to protect streams and where to take conservation action.

When do streams go dry? The timing has big impacts on local fish.

Where is the trash? Alert us so that we can collect trash before it heads downstream.

Click on the 'How to use the tool' tab above for instructions.

Add Your Observation here

Get ready

  • Click on the yellow markers in the map below to see where observations are needed.
  • Allow location sharing on the mobile device you will use for observations.

Make observations

  • Visit a site. Each site's pop-up tab contains driving and parking directions.
  • Following direction in the pop-up tab, take a photo of the stream and upload it. 
  • Review the Observation Guides, then fill out the form.  
  • Submit your observation. 
  • Note, uploading photos and submitting observations requires internet service. Some sites are not covered by all providers.

Observation Guides


Add Your Observation! Upload your own photo and stream observation.

Observation Stations

Major Streams

County Boundary

Trash Observation Guide

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Not Littered

not littered
Trash cannot be seen on the banks or in the water without searching for it; less than one piece of trash is seen for every 30 feet.

Slightly Littered

A few pieces of trash can be seen, but the majority of the area is free of trash. There is less than 10 pieces on the bank or in the water. 


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.

Very Littered

Trash is seen throughout the area, large piles have accumulated. A serious lack of concern for the area is felt. 

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Stream Flow Observation Guide

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. 


Creek bed is completely dry, there is no water.

Isolated Pools - Example 1

Water in stream, but it is not connected, and does not appear to be flowing. Pools of water separated by rocks or other materials.

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.

Flowing - Example 2

Water is slowly moving. Small ripples can be seen on the surface.


Flowing - Example 3

Water is moving quickly, white caps can be visible, but are not a requirement.

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