Community Science

Community Science, also know as Citizen Science, is the public involvement in inquiry and discovery of new scientific knowledge (SciStarter.com). We know achieving our mission of protecting groundwater for our community depends on the participation of our community. We want to partner with you to understand, monitor and protect our groundwater and our watershed. Check this page for updates on our community science initiatives. And let us know if you have ideas! 


Operation Healthy Air


Sites and Volunteers Needed For Air Quality Study!


We're teaming up with scientists at UC Riverside and Earthwatch Institute to better understand how our urban landscapes may impact air temperature and air quality, and we're looking for community members to help us with this research.

What will community scientists be doing?


You can participate as a community scientist by doing one, two, or all of the following:

  1. Host an air temperature sensor or ozone sensor at your home, school, or community garden
  2. Monitor indoor/outdoor temperature and humidity at your site
  3. Record and map the habitat around the sensors using the Habitat Network platform

Community scientists who attend a training will also have the opportunity to collaborate on the placement of sensors to explore their own questions about temperature. 

For more details about the ways to participate, visit 
Earthwatch Institute's Urban Resiliency Program.

Who Can Participate?
Individual residents, community groups, community gardens, schools, businesses, and more are welcome! If you'd like to host a sensor, you'll need to be within the study area shown below. 


When will I participate?

The study will take place during three different 6-week campaigns. The campaign you participate in may depend on where your site is located and the larger study goals.  OHA Table July

How do I sign up?

We will be hosting free 2-hour informational sessions and trainings to:

  • Learn more about your local air temperature and air quality observation.
  • Provide you with the tools and skills necessary to help contribute data to the study from your own home, office, school, or community garden.
  • Collaborate on the placement of sensors to explore community questions.
Register below or sign up to receive more information!