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Blucher Creek (page under construction)

Blucher Creek is located to the south of Sebastopol, emptying into the Laguna de Santa Rosa. The Blucher Creek watershed is characterized by beautiful rolling hills occupied by pasture, vineyard, mixed agriculture and rural residential. The geology of the area is mapped as Wilson Grove formation, a friable sand, silt and clay deposit associated with an inland sea. The Wilson Grove is generally porous and permeable and comprises the bulk of groundwater resources in the west county. Soils of the Wilson Grove can be easily eroded, creating problems in regards to sedimentation and bank erosion along Blucher Creek.

The area is home to a numerous native (and non-native) plants and animals including a variety of endangered/threatened/sensitive species. Endangered species, including the Pitkin Marsh lily and California freshwater shrimp, are residents of Blucher Creek watershed. Blucher Creek is also home to small numbers of Steelhead

Site descriptions:

At the crossing of Blucher Creek and Lonepine Road.

BLU050: At the crossing of Blucher Creek and Canfield Road.
BLU090: Below Bridge at the crossing of Blucher Valley Rd and Blucher Creek. The crossing farthest upstream.


Blucher Creek Monitoring Plan

Objectives: The focus of this project is to identify pollution sources and problems in water quality, and use data collected to develop fact sheets and educational materials for the general public highlighting best management practices and strategies for reducing pollution.

Data Collection Activities:
Dissolved Oxygen
Total Phosphorous
Heavy Metals*(infrequently)

When: The project's orientation and initial sampling date was August 3, 2007.

Why: Sites were chosen according to the following criteria:
- Representative of the areas of the Creek for general characterization.
-Concerns of water pollution resulting from potential erosion and nutrient loading related to agricultural or residential areas.

- Accessibility and safely throughout the year, as well as trespassing constraints.

How: The monitoring program is intended to develop baseline characterization data, document water and habitat quality changes over time and to help establish a scientific basis for land use decisions. Sites and parameters were chosen after discussions with local residents.

Citizen Monitors:
Ian Penn, Occidental


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