Sent to us by our good friend Jeanne Dorn at King County Stormwater Services.
Boise Creek Stream Flow
Newaukum Creek Stream Flow
Stream bugs, also called benthic macroinvertebrates, live in or near the streambed and can be seen with the naked eye. These tiny spineless creatures are important indicators of stream health and play crucial roles in the stream ecosystem (adapted from pugetsoundstreambenthos.org).
The King Conservation District (KCD) Stream Steward program welcomes Jo Wilhelm, Ecologist with the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks and member of the Puget Sound Stream Benthos group. Jo will talk about benthic macro invertebrates and how they contribute to stream vitality, water quality and wildlife habitat.
What a glorious spring we are having!
Our tour of the Enumclaw Wastewater Treament Plant was very informative. Thanks for joining us! We hope to be able to do it again. Rick, Josh and Eric were very gracious with their time and we all gained a greater understanding of what happens in a sewer system.
Spring salmon and steelhead should be visible in the creek and tributaries. Here is some video from 2013:Spring 2013 Lower Boise Creek juvenile coho and spawning steelhead video
Future Events and Training
Muckleshoot Tribal School Field Trip/Training – May 20
We need some volunteers to accompany some classes on a field trip into the tribal areas where they potentially will be doing some Stream Steward testing. If you are able to join Nikki and Dianne in helping out with this, please e-mail Nikki A.S.A.P.!
June Stream Steward Meeting – Early June
We will be sending out a Doodle Poll soon to pick a date and time for a Stream Steward meeting. This will be a chance to get together and discuss upcoming Stream Steward training events and also just chat about how things are going during field sampling.
Knotweed Workshop – June 23
It’s knotweed workshop time again! If you missed it last summer, you can attend this one on June 23, 6:30-8:30pm at the Enumclaw Library.
Summer Macroinvertabrate Identification Training – July 8
Current Stream Stewards, mark your calendar now for the evening of Wednesday, July 8 to learn about macroinvertabrates! Registration Information to come!
Please keep testing! And please remember to send e-mail to the SS address at least a week before you plan on testing with your planned testing dates if you can’t add them to the Google Calendar. If you need anything at all, please just send an e-mail email@example.com and someone will get back to you shortly.
More great Pictures from Debbie and Bonnie!
Peaceful view at site #1 from Bonnie and Debbie
Debbie trekking through the tall spring brush!
It looks like the early part of April will be cooler and wetter than it has been in March.
New kit components have been arriving and Kit #5 should be assembled and ready to use very soon. When checking out kits, please take the kit on the top of the clean stack in the Treatment Plant. Even if your “favorite” kit is clean on the bottom. This will help distribute the wear and tear on the kits a bit more evenly. Kit #1 has seen the most use, and while it’s still a very happy kit, it could use a break from time to time. All of the kits should have identical components in them now, and they all should be well-stocked. If you encounter a problem with one, please let us know.
Future Events and Training
Enumclaw Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour
April 16, 1-2:30pm
Please RSVP on the event page.
Google Calendar Training
We will be looking to plan a get-together to go over the Google Calendar scheduling for those that have had difficulty using it.
Spring Training for New Stream Stewards
We will be scheduling a beginnger training for May or June. If you know know someone that would be interested in attending, please be sure to let them know once we share the event registration link.
We have a new piece of equipment to use! For those folks doing E. coli testing, we now have a special new unit that will quickly take multiple parameters. The YSI ProODO Handheld Optical Dissolved Oxygen Field Kit will be very helpful to get additional information while also taking multiple E. coli samples on a particular day. Once we have ironed out the process, we will offer an Advanced Stream Steward Training Event to teach everyone how to use this piece of equipment. For more information about D.O. check out this great resource: The Dissolved Oxygen Handbook And also check out http://www.YSI.com/weknowDO
Please keep testing! And please remember to send e-mail to the SS address at least a week before you plan on testing with your planned testing dates if you can’t add them to the Google Calendar. If you need anything at all, please just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to you shortly.