Who Uses the Rain?
Is This Where Puget Sound Starts?
Who Swims in the Rain?
Local environmental filmmaker and director of Sea Media John Williams has recently completed three lovely, short films about Kitsap County watersheds. The films describe local streams and student and community efforts to protect and restore them. The films can be found at these links:
Who Uses the Rain?
Is This Where Puget Sound Starts?
Who Swims in the Rain?
A 3-mile walk along the local Poulsbo beach, creek, wetland, woods, and neighborhoods. Educational guides will be stationed at 5 locations along this route to provide knowledge pertaining to watershed features including near shore aquatic life and seabirds in the estuary, salmon habitat, stormwater infrastructure, raingardens, and native plants.
Walk Your Watershed in Liberty Bay on
Saturday, April 12, complete walk between 10am and 3pm
Start/Finish at Poulsbo First Lutheran Church Parking lot, 18920 4th Avenue NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370
Registration is with Poulsbo Parks and Recreation Department: click here and type "walk" https://secure.rec1.com/WA/poulsbo-parks-recreation/
more information at www.earthrightinsight.org/events.html
You will learn more about these natural pockets of our communities! See photos from the route below.
Increasing amounts of oil for export is heading our way from the Alberta Tar Sands and the Bakken oil shale deposit under North Dakota and Montana. This will greatly increase oil tanker traffic in Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands and oil train traffic along the shores of our inland waters. Nobody wants to see the shores of Puget Sound or Bainbridge Island covered in oil, but the rapid rise in oil exports through our area is bound to increase the risks of a spill occurring.
Please join the conversation with Eric de Place of the Sightline Institute and State Senator Christine Rolfes.
When: Tuesday, April 8th at 7pm
Where: Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, Bainbridge Island
There is no charge for the event. A wine and cheese reception will follow the formal presentation.
The talk is co-sponsored by Coal-Free Bainbridge, Sustainable Bainbridge, the Sierra Club, and Eagle Harbor Congregational Church.
This is an opportunity to learn more about increased oil export activity in our region and what we can do about it.
Rain Garden Workshop, 1:30-3:30 at the Bainbridge Library. Storm water runoff has become the major pollution source of Puget Sound and a critical issue. Learn how rain gardens can make a significant difference in reducing pollution and how a rain garden can be both a functional and attractive addition to your landscape.
Presented by WSU Extension trained Rain Garden Mentors Judy Cole-Martin, Ellen Gunderson, Cheryl Bosley, and Omie Kerr
The City of Bainbridge Island is using a program called See-Click-Fix to empower citizens to report concerns about a wide variety of issues. Concerns about potholes or signage, littering, issues with lights or safety, are all great reasons to use See Click Fix. As are water pollution or flow issues! There's a menu option in See Click Fix that let's you fill in information about water quality concerns; for example, if you were walking near a stream, and saw a pile of trash on the bank in an area you couldn't necessarily pick it up safely yourself, or you noticed a strange color or odor to the water. Using a camera or smart phone, you can take a picture, or simply describe the location and issue, and upload it to the See Click Fix site. The site will ask you a series of questions about where, when, and what type of things you noticed, and will route the issue to the appropriate staff person- in the case of water quality issues, this will usually go to the City's water resources program staff.
To access See Click Fix, visit the City's Website (go to the left side of the home page, See Click Fix is one of the menu options), or going to the See Click Fix Website for Bainbridge Island, where you can also download the app for your Smartphone. As the neighbors and visitors to our streams and wetlands, you play a very important role in making sure our surface waters are in good shape- See Click Fix is a great tool to help facilitate that role. Thanks for your help in keeping Bainbridge Island's watersheds healthy!
Once again, the salmon monitoring season is upon us, and we are looking for volunteers to help us track returning salmon in our Island streams. The Watershed Council's salmon monitoring program is an annual survey of four Island streams to monitor returning adult salmon and track their nesting activity. This data is important for understanding our local trends in spawning salmon and for identifying opportunities for restoration and habitat enhancement; for example, it was this monitoring program that identified very low return rates to Cooper Creek, which helped us to support and develop our chum salmon restoration program on that stream from 2008-2011 (with our first returning fish appearing last fall). This year marks the 9th consecutive monitoring year of this program!
Monitoring is a once-a-week commitment for a few hours a week from mid-October to mid-December to monitor one of four local streams- Springridge Creek (empties to Fletcher Bay) Manzanita Creek, Murden Cove Creek, Cooper Creek (enters to the head of Eagle Harbor) - to which you will be assigned in groups of 3. We endeavor to place people in groups with similar schedules, so your schedule needs to have some regularity to it (i.e., those who travel frequently or do on-call work would find participation in this program difficult). Participants must be 14 years of age or older, and able to handle uneven terrain, wet and slippery conditions. Knee boots are a must, if you do not have any and cannot purchase them, please let me know as we will need to find you some.
We will have our group training in the evening of Wednesday, October 2. If you have not participated in the program before or its been a while since you were trained, training is required. If you participated last year, we welcome your attendance but you are not required to attend training this year. If you want to participate in the program but know you cannot make that training date, contact me and we will see if we can find an alternative way to get you trained. For those that contact us indicating interest I will send out additional details on the training in the next few weeks.
If you would like to join our awesome monitoring team, please copy and paste the brief questionnaire below and fill it out in an email to email@example.com, and we will get back to you with more details.
Name of participant:
Check here (X is fine) if you are 14 years of age or older:
Check here if you understand the physical requirements of this
activity, including walking on uneven and often wet terrain for 1 to 2 miles:
Can you make the October 2 training?
I am available to monitor (check all that apply): Weekdays: M T W Th Fr Weekends
Do you have a stream preference? If so, please let us know (no worries if you don't; we can't guarantee your preference, but we'll try):
The Watershed Council is partnering with the County Health Department, the City, and Sakai Intermediate School on a 2-year study to investigate causes of high bacteria and low dissolved oxygen in the Murden Cove Watershed, and we could use your help! To learn more about the program and information about how you can volunteer, check out our new Murden Cove Nutrient and Bacteria project description.
The Bainbridge Island Watershed Council completed another great year of monitoring returning adult spawning salmon to four of our streams: Cooper Creek at the head of Eagle Harbor, Manzanita Creek, Springridge Creek that empties into Fletcher Bay, and Murden Cove Creek. Our dozen stalwart volunteers braved some incredibly rainy weather to observe returning chum and coho to all four streams. Of particular importance to the Watershed Council was our observations of several returning adult chum salmon to Cooper Creek, where the Watershed Council worked with the Suquamish Tribe and the City to run a salmon supplementation program for the past four years- we are now seeing our first returns of these fish!
With the rains come the salmon! Now is a great time to look for coho and chum salmon returning to our streams to spawn. The Kitsap Sun has put together a map of salmon spawning areas across Kitsap County, including a couple of our Island streams where you can go look for salmon. Happy salmon watching!