STANFORD – A team of Stanford University researchers are recruiting volunteer ‘citizen scientists’ to help with collecting water samples along the Pacifica and Santa Cruz coastlines from Feb. 11  to May 14.

Volunteers will be asked to collect samples for measuring water quality once per week for 13 weeks. The process is estimated to take approximately 30 to 60 minutes per week. Volunteers must be 18 or older; no experience is necessary. Volunteers will drop off their samples near the beach after collection, so the research team can retrieve the samples and bring them back to the lab for further testing.

Feb. 4 is the deadline to sign up via the website beach.stanford.edu.

The environmental engineers running the project are monitoring coastal runoff onto California beaches in Pacifica and Santa Cruz. Their goal: to understand how this runoff enters the ocean from coastal communities and how it moves and mixes in the surf zone.

“This information is important because it will help us improve how we manage runoff and coastal water quality, protect public health, and keep the environment healthy,” said principal investigator Ali Boehm, the Clare Boothe Luce Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “But in order to gather the data we need to answer our questions, we need help from citizen scientists who will work with us to collect the necessary water samples.”

For more information, visit beach.stanford.edu or email beachproject@stanford.edu