The Bear Creek Watershed Association maintains five types of water quality and other monitoring efforts to characterize water and environmental quality within the Bear Creek Watershed:
P1- Routine water quality monitoring at Bear Creek Reservoir (multiple vertical stations), Turkey Creek inflow to reservoir, Bear Creek inflow to reservoir, reservoir discharge into lower Bear Creek, and the lower edge of the watershed near Wadsworth. The P1 sites are long-term reference monitoring sites consistent with the intent of the monitoring program outlined in the Bear Creek Reservoir Control Regulation #74.
P2- Supplemental sampling of tributaries, problem areas, restoration or other project specific sites (e.g., Coyote Gulch in cooperation with the City of Lakewood). These types of monitoring efforts can be either of limited duration, or long-term on a site-specific basis, and generally these programs monitor for specific parameters of interest to the project.
P3- Watershed surface water monitoring along Bear Creek and Turkey Creek drainages for site-specific characterizations (e.g., temperature trends, nutrient loading, flow studies). These are interim and long-term monitoring sites for watershed characterizations. Watershed monitoring stations include both long-term reference sites where multi-year data is desirable, and target sites that may provide only a couple years of data. The nutrient monitoring is on a watershed basis that begins near Summit Lake and extents through Bear Creek Reservoir.
P4- Supplemental environmental characterizations of Bear Creek watershed including, but not limited to macroinvertebrates, flow analysis, habitat characterizations, fishery evaluations, system productivity, or other environmental factors that potentially affect fisheries or watershed health.
P5- Wastewater treatment facility nutrient sampling consistent with Regulation #85. The wastewater treatment plants in the watershed and those involved in the 2016 nutrient monitoring programs are listed in Table 3. The monitoring schedule for the watershed programs are maintained by the Association manager and are available on request.
The BCWA uses Google Earth to track monitoring sites and watershed features of interest. The mapping codes and station types are shown in a Google Earth Myplaces file, which is available to the membership for use with Google Earth. This file shows all Association monitoring stations, key features, specialty survey sites and drainage sub-basins.
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