The original item was published from June 1, 2016 8:20 AM to June 1, 2016 8:21 AM
Did you know you could help local
streams by spending some time on a
stream doing some easy citizen science?
Pierce Conservation District is looking
for citizen scientists to monitor
water quality in streams. There are
open stream sites in each of the four
watersheds in Pierce County that need a
stream monitor. In the Chambers -Clover
watershed there are sites on Chambers,
Clover, Leach, and Sequalitchew Creeks.
The Key Peninsula-Gig Harbor-Islands
watershed has open sites on Artondale,
Lackey, Minter, Rocky, Vaughn, and
Schoolhouse (on both the Key Peninsula
and Anderson Island) Creeks. Open
sites in the Puyallup watershed include
Deer, Fennel, Meeker, and South Prairie
Creeks. The Nisqually watershed has
open sites on Tanwax and Lynch Creeks.
?Click on the image above to view this quarter's highlighted Volunteer Stream Data.
To become part of our stream monitoring
program, we provide training at a
three-hour training session. Our next
stream monitor training is being held on Saturday, June 18th, 9:00 a.m.–12:00
p.m. This training is open to anyone
interested in becoming a stream monitor
or learning more about water quality
sampling. The training will cover why
we monitor, water quality testing, flow
measurements, and habitat assessment,
with time provided for participants
to practice sampling techniques.
Once trained, volunteers will then be
assigned to a stream site of their choosing
and can begin sampling at their
convenience. Data collected by stream
monitors is periodically shared with
partner jurisdictions and program volunteers.
Volunteer stream monitors play a
key role in stream stewardship by raising
awareness of pollution problems and providing
water quality data that the community
can use to protect local streams.
Contact Isabel Ragland to sign up for
the training at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 253-845-9770 X103.
Quarterly monitors may schedule their
summer monitoring between June 21
and September 14. Bimonthly monitors
are scheduled to monitor their streams
in July and September. Remember
that either August, September, or
October is the time to complete a
habitat assessment for your stream
site. If you would like a refresher on
filling out the habitat form please
contact Isabel to schedule a time
to review the form at your site.
Volunteers are also encouraged to run
replicate tests once or twice a year.
The replicate testing includes the dissolved
oxygen, pH, and nitrate tests.
Don’t forget to mention when you call
in to reserve a kit that you will need
extra sample bottles if you are planning
on testing replicate samples.
If you are not currently a
stream monitor but would like
to learn or to register for the
upcoming training in June,
please contact Isabel: email@example.com
(253) 845-9770 x103.