Since 1994, the Pierce Conservation District Stream Team has been deeply engaged and in relationship with community members as Stream Team monitors. Since that time, 2,050 people have participated in the Stream Team Program and grown from 8 to 39 sites. Through long term engagement with monitors, we produce Stream Team reports for jurisdictions, update monitors through monthly emails and provide watershed programming. Our monitors also can participate in leadership and engagement through our Chinook Program, as an advanced Stream Team monitor.
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Crisp morning at South Prairie Creek
STREAM MONITOR GOALS:
• Watershed education
• Involve community in citizen science monitoring
• Increase available water quality data
• Identify areas of concern
WHAT DO OUR STREAM MONITORS DO?
• Measure dissolved oxygen, water temperature, pH, nitrate-nitrogen and turbidity
• Measure stream flow if appropriate
• Conduct an annual habitat assessment
• Record observations
Curtis High School students assessing stream health at Kobayashi Park in University Place
We offer training and use of monitoring equipment to anyone interested in learning more about Pierce County streams and/or becoming a citizen scientist. If you are interested in joining Stream Team and making a difference in your local watershed, please fill out the Stream Team Application and email to Belinda. We encourage our monitors to partner for safety and double-checking data. We also have a limited number of kits available. We can support 60 unique monitors that equates to 50 monitoring groups and 10 individuals. If you wish to monitor solo, your name will be placed on a waitlist until a spot opens. If you have questions about Stream Team, please contact Belinda.
Decomposing salmon returning nutrients to the riparian habitat