Two different ESNERR monitoring programs track water quality in the Elkhorn Slough area:
The volunteer program, running since 1988, provides superb spatial coverage; 24 stations are sampled monthly.
The NERR system-wide program, operating since 1995, offers excellent temporal coverage. In this program, water quality data is collected every 30 minutes at four stations along the main Slough channel.
Weather data is collected every 30 minutes at one station on the Reserve.
Water Quality Report Card Technical Report. L. Mercado, J. Haskins, R. Preisler. 2014. A water quality report card for the Elkhorn Slough estuary in 2013. Technical Report Series 2014:1
Science in Action: Water Quality Monitoring. January 2014 by Rikke Kvist Preisler.
Tidal Exchange Featured article: From the Ridgelines to the Tide Lines (Spring 2010). In a groundbreaking research study that’s garnering national attention, Elkhorn Slough researchers have statistically demonstrated that the land acquisition and restoration projects of ESF and ESNERR have directly translated into improved water quality in the watershed.