Studies and Research

San Mateo County Watershed Studies



Water Quality

Nonpoint Source Watershed Assessment: James Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Critical Coastal Area, California Coastal Commission and San Mateo County Resource Conservation District, December 2008

San Gregorio Watershed Information System initiated in 2007 with the overarching goal of improving ecological conditions in San Gregorio Creek watershed to provide multiple benefits, such as protecting and enhancing native fish and wildlife populations, increasing ecosystem functioning, and maintaining the rural quality of life in the watershed. Funded by the State Water Resources Control Board.

Biological Assessment of Belmont Creek (1,394 KB) August 2007

San Mateo County Watershed Data in a GIS (501 KB) July 2007

Water Quality Screening in the Cordilleras Creek Watershed (7,173 KB) May 2007

Belmont Creek Watershed Monitoring Report (5,917KB) August 2006

Bioassessment and Water Quality Monitoring in the San Mateo Creek Watershed (6,411 KB) August 2005

Bioassessment and Water Quality Monitoring in the San Pedro Creek Watershed (5,163 KB) March 2005

Assessment of Sediment Management Practices in Six High Priority Watersheds (1,028KB) August 2004

Characterization of Imperviousness and Creek Channel Modifications for 17 Watersheds in San Mateo County (105,404 KB) January 2002

San Pedro Creek Watershed Pilot Assessment (1,987 KB) December 2001




Pollutants of Concern

Case Study Investigating PCBs in Storm Drain Sediments from Colma Creek, Colma (4,600 KB) May 2004

Investigating Elevated Levels of PCBs in Storm Drain Sediments in the Pulgas Creek Pump Station Drainage, San Carlos (2,510 KB) June 2003

Joint Stormwater Agency Project to Study Urban Sources of Mercury, PCB's, and Organochlorine Pesticides (4,279 KB) April 2002

Case Study Investigating Elevated Levels of PCBs in Storm Drain Sediments in San Mateo County (6,530 KB) April 2002




Trash

Franchise Agreement Litter Practices Recommendations (197 KB) January 2016

Trash Assessments in Urban Creeks in San Mateo County (4,030 KB) August 2008

Trash Assessments in Six Watersheds in San Mateo County (918 KB) August 2007

Pilot Study to Identify Trash Sources and Management Measures at an In-stream Trash Accumulation Area (1,705 KB) August 2005

Survey on Existing Municipal Trash Management Practices and Known Trash Problem Areas in San Mateo County, California (316 KB) June 2004

Implementation and Testing of RWQCB Rapid Trash Assessment (276 KB) March 2003



Unified Stream Assessments

Unified Stream Assessment in Seven Watersheds in San Mateo County (26,046 KB) August 2008

The Unified Stream Assessment: Potential Uses for Stormwater Programs San Francisco Bay Area Examples (23,483 KB) May 2008

Unified Stream Assessment in Six Watersheds in San Mateo County (39,061 KB) August 2007




Watershed Care and Restoration

Pilarcitos Integrated Watershed Management Plan, San Mateo County Resource Conservation District, October 2008

Pescadero Butano Watershed Assessment, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, March 2004

Priority Watersheds for restoration of habitat and recovery of coho salmon and steelhead trout populations

San Francisquito Creek Habitat Monitoring Project Final Report, Creekside Center for Earth Observation Report, April 2008.

Citizen Watershed Monitoring Network




San Mateo County Pocket Ashtray Pilot Study

Cigarette butts are the most littered item in America and around the world, but they don’t have to be! San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program provided free pocket ashtrays to smokers who agreed to participate in a three to four week anti-littering pilot program.


Results of 2009 Survey and Pilot Study Report: Cigarette Litter Reduction Campaign