Cherry Creek Watershed
The Cherry Creek Streamwatch Program
Streamwatch Teams -
Two teams monitor water quality in the Cherry Creek, the East team headed by Peter Steele and the West team headed by Donna Faulstick and Nancy Veety. Both are familiar with stream monitoring techniques and processes.
Monthly Testing -
Nine monitoring sites on Cherry Creek are tested on a monthly basis, and the water testing kit is rotated between the teams' members. Data is input to the Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement (EASI) web site by volunteer recorder Nancy Veety. Public access is provided on the web for those interested in analyzing the data sets.
Tests completed each month include: : air and water temperature, pH, water level (low, medium or high), water color and clarity, current weather (clear, cloudy, rain, etc.), odor if present, sulfates, nitrates, phosphates, total dissolved oxygen, specific conductivity, and alkalinity. Should unusual results occur, the Streamwatcher communicates with team leader who then repeats the test to verify the concern. If measurements beyond safe parameters are confirmed, the Department of Environmental Protection is notified for followup and action.
Fecal coliform testing on Cherry Creek was completed in August in the years 2001-2004, and high levels were frequently reported. A heavy population of geese and ducks on the stream may be responsible for the high levels reported. In 2005 the tests were changed to monitor for e coli, as ecoli is tne new swimming water quality standard.
Monitoring Data by Site - EASI
Team Members, Site Numbers and Locations