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First Flush

First Flush is a storm drain monitoring program where volunteers collect water samples from storm drains during the first major rainstorm of the winter season. Samples are collected from urban storm drains for analysis of bacteria, metals, nutrients, and suspended solids. Field measurements are also collected for conductivity, pH, temperature and water clarity. The goal of the program is to characterize the quality of water flowing into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary during the first major rainstorm of the winter season.

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Geographic Scope: Regional

Project Status: Active - recruiting volunteers

Participation Tasks: Annotation, Data entry, Learning, Measurement, Observation, Sample analysis, Specimen/sample collection,

Start Date: 9/1/2000

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Fields of Science: Chemistry, Climate and weather, Ecology and environment

Intended Outcomes: Research development, Civic and community, Individual learning, Conservation,