Center for Water and the Environment

Big Chico Creek Water Quality Monitoring

Main | Data TableTemperatureElectrical Conductivity | pH Dissolved OxygenTurbidityNutrients Metals

Disclaimer: Data presented on this webpage were acquired following internal (non-standard) procedures and are therefore for information purposes only and not citable until independent peer review and publication.


Why is water temperature important?

Resource: Water Science School - Temperature and Water (USGS)

Water temperature directly affects the biological and chemical processes of a waterway. Aquatic species have an optimal temperature range within which they are adapted to thrive. If the temperature is too high or too low, it can lead to stress, slower metabolism, slower growth rate, and in extreme cases, may be fatal. Water temperature also affects the rate of chemical reactions. For example, higher temperatures will cause more compounds to dissolve into ions, increasing electrical conductivity. Additionally, warmer water holds less dissolved oxygen than colder water, so during the warmer seasons when water temperature is higher, dissolved oxygen concentrations are lower. 

Water Temperature and Streamflow in Big Chico Creek  


temperature versus streamflow in big chico creek