Creek Watch: mobile citizen science - overview
Creek Watch is an iPhone application that enables you to help monitor the health of your local watershed. Whenever you pass by a waterway, spend a few seconds using the Creek Watch application to snap a picture and report how much water and trash you see. We aggregate the data and share it with water control boards to help them track pollution and manage water resources. You can use the map on the left to explore the data that people have contributed, or see recent contributions as a table.
The Creek Watch App uses four pieces of data:
- The amount of water: empty, some, or full.
- The rate of flow: still, moving slowly, or moving fast.
- The amount of trash: none, some (a few pieces), or a lot (10 or more pieces).
- A picture of the waterway.
This data helps watershed groups, agencies and scientists track pollution, manage water resources, and plan environmental programs.
Creek Watch is a project developed at IBM Research - Almaden in consultation with the California State Water Resources Control Board's Clean Water Team.
The iPhone application is now available free on the iTunes store, so you can get started contributing data!
For more information, visit the Creek Watch web page.