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Jun 29

Closing Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Programs to Add Support For Habitat Restoration Projects

Posted on June 29, 2022 at 3:15 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost

Thank you volunteers!We are saddened to let you know that after 20 plus years of monitoring and over 2,000 engaged volunteers, we are closing the Stream Team and Lake Monitoring Programs. In 1994 the Stream Team Program began with 5 streams and has since expanded to monitoring more than 20 streams around Pierce County. Since 2000, the Cities of Lakewood, Bonney Lake and Milton have participated in lake monitoring programs on 7 different lakes. We provided key watershed health data to our partners and agencies to help them make informed water quality decisions. This data was featured in PCD annual reports and quarterly newsletters to our partners and volunteers. Thank you to all our volunteers for their many years of monitoring efforts.

Why are we making this change?

We decided to transition our Stream Team and Lake Monitoring Programs to a more robust Habitat Stewardship program where we will be working with community members to restore streamside habitat and improve habitat and water quality conditions. This transition will allow us to better serve and grow our active Habitat Stewards, support a larger community volunteer base to support those Habitat Stewards, and directly improve our local natural resources. 

Let Belinda (belindap@piercecd.org) know if you want to be involved in these efforts.