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Dec 09

New Programs for Stream Team

Posted on December 9, 2019 at 8:44 AM by Allan Warren

Stream TeamIf you are interested in joining Stream Team to make a difference in your local watershed, contact Belinda at belindap@piercecd.org.

STREAM TEAM
is a volunteer water quality monitoring program operating in Pierce County
since 1994. Monitors measure pH, dissolved oxygen, nitrates, turbidity, water temperature, flow and record habitat observations on prioritized sites.

Our Goals include:

  • Watershed education
  • Involve the community in citizen science monitoring
  • Increase available water quality data
  • Identify areas of concern
New Efforts of Stream Team:
Stream of Concern: Stream Team has implemented a new process called Stream of Concern. Once a quarter we review data that is not meeting state standards. If data does not meet the state standard 3 times in a row, staff will go out with meters to confirm the data. Sometimes monitors will be contacted to answer questions about data collection and typical results. This process will better streamline our communication with partners about water quality issues within their jurisdictions.

Coming in Spring 2020: Chinook Program!
Stream Team pictureA new component of the Stream Team program will launch in Spring 2020. Called the Chinook Program it will recognize our long-term monitors as leaders within the Stream Team program. In recognition, Chinooks will receive a name badge, t-shirt and certificate. They will have the opportunity to mentor new monitors, keep their own kit, and assist with trainings and workshops. Chinooks will be a great asset to the Stream Team program because of their extensive knowledge and technical support. We are excited to bring on our new Chinooks in 2020 and
beyond!

2018 Stream Team Reports can be found here: https://piercecd.org/248/Stream-Monitoring

If you are interested in joining Stream Team to make a difference in your local watershed, contact Belinda at belindap@piercecd.org.