There are two important parts to this project. The first looks at water levels and tracks the rise and fall of individual creeks, helping scientists understand local rainfall and the potential for soil runoff. The other part tracks general pollution levels and indicates the creeks overall health. So not only does it help ecology researchers but also urban planners and farmers that rely on clean water for their livelihood.
Before going on, I should warn you that while data collection continues the data viewing portion of the web site has been down recently (Update: It's been fixed!). I'd hoped this would be fixed sooner but didn't want to hold this post any longer. So just be aware. Also, I presume an Android-based version of this application is coming but have not been able to confirm anything about that yet.
Getting Started is Easy:
- Visit the Creekwatch web site or go directly to the Apple App Store from your iPad or iPhone (IiPhone 3 or later) to learn more about the program.
- Dowload the free application and start it up on your phone or iPad.
- Fnd a creek to follow and take a picture of it. This will provide a permanent visual record of the creek on which you will have based your analysis.
- Answer the three basic questions about the creek's appearance along with any additional comments:
- What is the water level (Dry, Some, Full)?
- What is the creek's flow rate (Still, Slow, Fast)?
- How much trash appears? (None, Some, A Lot)