City staff has installed a metal pole topped with a rain gauge along the pathway to Little Corona Beach. The rain gauge is part of a water quality monitoring program that was required for grants that paid for part of the $2 million Buck Gully erosion project, said Robert Stein, an assistant city engineer.
“We have to show pre-development versus post-development water quality and hope we see some improvement,” he said. “It’s just a part of our routine testing.”
The water quality tests also are required by the state because the area has been designated as an Area of Special Biological Significance; read more about the designation here.
The pole and gauge will be removed when the rainy season ends in mid-April. About the same time, cowbird traps again will be placed in Lower Buck Gully as part of the erosion project’s ongoing restoration; read our earlier story here.