Since 2014, the Clear Creek Task Force has been performing monthly water quality monitoring of the stream water around the estuary.
We also monitor changes in vegetation, macroinvertebrates and elevations at two marine and three fresh water sites.
Each site has a distinctive story to tell about the health of Clear Creek from before the 240-foot span bridge was built and the positive changes since the bridge opened the estuary to full tidal function.
Citizen Scientists of all ages are welcome to join us at the Clear Creek Interpretive Center to “suit up” prior to the field work of grabbing water samples, measuring stream width and depth, taking sensor readings and recording observations.
Water Quality Monitoring, now in its fifth year, has changed to quarterly rather than monthly. Start time is dependent on the tides. Waders are made available with prior arrangements. Citizen Scientists are welcome to come when they can and leave when they must.
Citizen Scientists Guidebook
With generous funding provided by the First Federal Community Foundation, the Clear Creek Task Force created and published a guidebook for citizen scientists and educators to develop their own monitoring projects in the Salish Sea ecosystem.
Citizen Scientists in Training
The Clear Creek Task Force was recently awarded a grant from the Russell Family Foundation for The Dyes Inlet Water Quality Monitoring, a pilot program designed with scientific protocols to be used by any citizen scientist group in any salmon stream to determine the quality of the water.
In partnership with the Central Kitsap School District, Olympic College and the Chico Creek Salmon Park Stewardship group, students learn what constitutes healthy salmon habitat, human impact on the habitat and their important role they play and give students a better understanding of the connection between salinity, dissolved oxygen and temperature; and the composition of a healthy salmon habitat in an urban setting.
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This pattern, Fishnet, is taken from a traditional Suquamish basket design