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Apr 13


Posted on April 13, 2020 at 8:17 AM by Allan Warren

Silver Creek
Jurisdiction: City of Puyallup
Habitat Steward: Heather Shadko

2019 was another great year for the Silver Creek Restoration site led by Habitat Steward Heather Shadko. The site is getting very close to full vegetation and establishment, no small feat. Thanks to Heather the site has an incredibly dedicated, knowledgeable, and hard-working Habitat Steward with an ever-growing volunteer base.

Silver Creek Restoration site is located along the 4.2 mile Puyallup Loop Trail, and receives a lot of attention from the various groups and community members that use the trail daily. Heather recognizes that and has been a huge advocate for beautiful flowering plants to attract pollinating insects, and educational signage. Her goal is to get passersby to stop and take a minute to enjoy the scenery that she has worked so hard to create for her
Restoration by the Numbers - 2019:
  • SqFt Invasive Removal: 2,000
  • Plants Installed: 232
  • Volunteers: 47
  • Volunteer Hours: 140

Last year we highlighted Stream Team’s 25th Anniversary and our many accomplishments over the years. Within the past few years we have introduced annual Stream Team reports produced for jurisdictions and Stream Team monitors. The reports have been helpful to communicate data collection on prioritized sites within jurisdictions and to show how our data fits within larger water quality data collection efforts. This past year we refreshed the look of our reports to give them a more professional presentation. We are looking forward to more improvements and changes within the Stream Team program as we evolve over the next 25 years!

2019 Stream Team reports can be found on the PCD Stream Team website: Piercecd.org/248/Stream-Monitoring

Picture 2Stream Team monitors are the “eyes and ears” of our watersheds. Besides recording vital water quality data, they
make observations about land use and stream conditions that are helpful for PCD’s jurisdictional partners. Pictured here is a Stream Team monitor on Crystal Springs Creek in Tacoma.