two citizen monitors in the Laguna are Steve Green and Gail Ohlander.
. I'm Steve, and I'd first like to comment that
Sebastopol is a wonderful town for myself, my wife and my two teenagers.
We all feel very lucky to live here and enjoy having the best of
northern California at our doorstep. My kids attend Analy high and
for the last five years we have been participants in the downtown
parade (in one group or another).
We live south of town near Hillcrest school, off Bloomfield road,
and my kids and I volunteer our time to the CCWI cause.
When we do this work on the weekends
We get feedback from
folks as they walk the trail. They ask me
what am I doing?
When I tell them they say, " Thanks, keep up the great work"!
Some even want information so they can add their support, too.
A couple of times I got this question, " is it safe to let
my dog drink here"?
I hold up my sample bottle of semi-brown water and say "it
may look bad, but for a dog it probably taste a lot better than
the water in your toilet bowl".
What will I tell them after it rains and the runoff from the streets,
Santa Rosa sewage plant and dairy farms has fouled the water? The
Laguna at Sebastopol is a great place to experience how human activities
affects the water we all depend on for our survival. The Laguna
de Santa Rosa is an eco-system that provides information about how
two large communities (Santa Rosa and Sebastopol) are affecting
our local environment and the ground water we draw from wells.
Gail: Occupational and environmental health is, and has been,
a personal and professional interest. As a retired Occupational
Health Nurse I was looking for community volunteer opportunities
that meshed with my areas of interests, so I was delighted to identify
the CCWI group. I have been with CCWI for about two years and consider
it a bonus that water monitoring is an outside activity that is
done in the California sunshine. My four water monitoring areas
are near Sebastopol, so if you are interested in seeing what CCWI
does please contact CCWI @ 707-824-4370 and join me for a field
LAG030: At a permanent gage behind the Community Center in Sebastopol.
LAG040: At bridge at Todd Rd.
LAG050: At bridge at Llano Rd.
LAG080: At bridge at Stony Point Rd & Rohnert Park Expressway
COL020: Colgan Creek, tributary to the Laguna; North of LAG050
on Llano Rd.; Just north of Wastewater Treatment Plant; on west
side of bridge