Research and Monitoring
RCDSMM biologists serve as biological monitors for various public works and habitat restoration projects where sensitive biological resources are present. Our staff ensures that all permit requirements and mitigation measures are followed for projects subject to CEQA/NEPA.
RCDSMM biologists and trained volunteers have collected macro-invertebrate samples annually in Topanga Creek since 2000.
During collection, surveyors evaluate instream habitat, collect water quality data, and assess the effects of invasive Red Swamp Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) on native aquatic communities. Surveys are done according to CDFG California Stream Bioassessment protocol.
Nesting Bird Surveys
RCDSMM biologists have numerous years of experience surveying for nesting migratory birds.
These surveys include pre-construction and point count surveys on public and private lands as well as habitats throughout the Santa Monica Mountains. Our biologists have also led bird walks for Environmental Educators and local students.
The RCDSMM established a monitoring program for bats under bridges in the Topanga Creek watershed in 1996. Biologists and trained volunteers conduct annual outflight counts and monitor population abundance at three bridges.
Services provided include outflight monitoring of bridges, mist netting to identify species, and roost exclusion.
Santa Monica Bay Watershed Monitoring - Collaborative Effort (2009- present)
The RCD, in partnership with Heal the Bay, has initiated a collaborative effort to map the locations of water quality (and other aquatic resource) monitoring within the Santa Monica Bay Watershed.
Purpose of Project:
The objective of this project is to create a map that shares the locations (and associated metadata) of all aquatic monitoring efforts in the Santa Monica Bay watershed with local stakeholders and the general public. This effort will enhance collaboration between monitoring groups, by providing watershed-wide information that will allow groups to reduce the duplication of their monitoring efforts and fill data gaps in the watershed.
Viewing the Map:
To view the Monitoring Map, visit healthebay.org
How to Participate:
If you are an agency, organization, university, etc. who collects data related to freshwater aquatic systems in the Santa Monica Bay watershed, we invite you to participate in this collaborative mapping effort. This project will only be successful if all researchers participate! Please email Rosi Dagit for details on how to get your monitoring locations on this map. If you would like to see the actual data collected at the monitoring locations depicted on the map, please contact the appropriate agency, whose contact information is available in each location’s informational bubble.
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