citizen science

People engaging in Community Science

Harnessing the power of the public.

Wholly H2O is harnessing the power of the public in our citizen science programs. It’s another way to get to know a watershed more intimately. You’ll increasingly experience that you are not alone in an ecosystem, but sharing it with hundreds of other watershed species.

We no longer have to stand back and wait for professional scientists to make observations for us, but instead can take up the role of impactful citizen scientists ourselves.

Citizen scientists collect data about the natural world and specific ecosystems through simple means of observation, documentation and/or analysis. Sometimes this is in collaboration with professional scientists, and sometimes it is just curios ole’ you noticing and documenting, often through photos, what is living in an area. Even your own backyard!

Are you up near California’s Yosemite National Park in the Stanislaus National Forest? Then look for our signs giving you the opportunity to document a forest’s regrowth after a massive wifldire, contributing to Monitoring Change: Rim Fire through photography shared on social media.

Are you living in or visiting Richmond, CA? While you’re there, why not add to our documentation of the species living in that watershed as part of the WaterHood project? You’ll not only be adding to observations, but to an audiovisual artpiece that will be performed in 2018!

Image of the Richmond Watershed


What about reimagining watersheds as neighborhoods, large and small? Wholly H2O is working with live media artist Ian Winters and the 12-member Lightbulb Ensemble to create a visual and sound performance, The WaterHood. The performance will explore the complex qualities and characteristics of a watershed from various perspectives – physical, aesthetic, ecological, and social. The 2018 performances will emanate from Wholly H2O’s year-long citizen science data collection project in the Richmond, CA watershed reconnecting humans with their watersheds and the natural water cycle.


Image of Rim Fire Recovery sign

Monitoring Change: Crowdsourced Rim Fire Recovery Documentation

Watching a forest zone regrow after a fire event is a stunning and surprising vision. Given the severity of vegetation and soil burn in the Rim Fire zone, it’s regrowth patterns are a source an education to everyone how the Tuolumne River Watershed will regrow – how quickly, what species, how will it look during rain events, what level of erosion? The forest in the watershed burnt differently in different areas.

Wholly H2O, The Stanislaus National Forest Service, and Nerds For Nature banded together to set up crowd-sourcing photo sites throughout fire impacted areas the Stanislaus National Forest.