Pierce Conservation District has coordinated a volunteer stream monitoring program in all four watersheds in Pierce County since 1994. Since that time, PCD has engaged over 1,000 citizens in this program and currently more than 50 volunteers are involved in this effort.
Stream Monitor Program Goals:
Educate citizens about stream ecology, stream health and nonpoint source pollution
Involve citizens in observing, monitoring & reporting stream conditions
Provide useful data/information to local jurisdictions
What do our stream monitors do?
Measure dissolved oxygen, water temperature, pH, nitrate-nitrogen and turbidity
Measure stream flow
Conduct an annual habitat assessment
New Stream Team Focus
Creation of jurisdictional reports that highlight water quality data
Prioritized sites within jurisdictions
Gathered information about streams and watersheds within jurisdictions
Changed site numbers to reflect river miles
We offer training and use of monitoring equipment to anyone interested in learning more about Pierce County streams and/or becoming a citizen scientist. To learn more about training opportunities contact Belinda.
Stream Team Reports: Annual water quality reports of prioritized sites in jurisdictions for the past water year (October 1 - September 30)