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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!
The fall rains are bringing back the salmon to Bainbridge Island- including our Cooper Creek Chum! For the past four years the Watershed Council has worked in partnership with the City and the Suquamish Tribe to supplement salmon in Cooper Creek. It looks like our efforts are starting to pay off this year! Several salmon have been spotted moving up into the stream on high tides. The carcass in the lower center of the stream in the picture above is evidence that salmon are moving into the creek to spawn and then die, returning their nutrients to our streams and their foodwebs.
The Kitsap Sun recently published an article on this return, read it here.
Watershed Council member Dick Engle took some fantastic footage of a male chum salmon moving into Cooper Creek which you can see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDiuiayOLvQ&feature=plcp
If you would like to look for returning salmon at Cooper Creek, you can go to the base of the stream at the head of Eagle Harbor. There is a culvert right next to the auto body shop where the fish move under Eagle Harbor drive and up into Cooper Creek. The best time to look for salmon is on an incoming tide. However, please be aware that Eagle Harbor Drive is very busy and narrow, so please use caution in accessing this site.
With enormous thanks to our huge crew of volunteers and collaborators, we have completed a four year program to return salmon to Cooper Creek at the head of Eagle Harbor. Read more about the program here.
On June 4, over 40 people attended the Watershed Council and Sustainable Bainbridge's Sustainable First Monday PJay Zischke, Marine Fish Program Manager of the Suquamish Fisheries Department, who spoke to us about "Salmon Management in Puget Sound: Potholes along the Salmon Recovery Road" at the Bainbridge Island Art Museum Auditorium. Jay provided a fascinating introduction to the complexities of salmon management, the integration of the “four H’s”- Hatcheries, Harvest, Hydropower, and Habitat- that impact salmon, and challenges facing us locally to maintain healthy salmon stocks. He also described the SuquamishTribes’ salmon enhancement program and how the program integrates with local east Kitsap stocks, and talk about what are our “healthy” local stocks of salmon and how we can manage them sustainably.
June Sustainable First Monday, June 4, 7-9pm
The Watershed Council and Sustainable Bainbridge are pleased to host:
Salmon Management in Puget Sound: Potholes along the Salmon Recovery Road
Presented by Jay Zischke - Marine Fish Program Manager, Suquamish Fisheries Department
At the Bainbridge Island Art Museum Auditorium, southern building of the
kidimu complex at the corner of 305 and Winslow Way
Jay will provide an introduction to the complexities of salmon management, the integration of the “four H’s”- Hatcheries, Harvest, Hydropower, and
Habitat- that impact salmon, and challenges facing us locally to maintain
healthy salmon stocks. He will also provide an overview of the Suquamish
Tribes’ salmon enhancement program and how the program integrates with local east Kitsap stocks, and talk about what are our “healthy” local stocks of
salmon and how we can manage them sustainably.
Jay Zischke - Marine Fish Program Manager, Suquamish Fisheries Department
Jay has worked as a Fisheries Biologist for over 30 years – including 10
years in Alaska and 20 years in Puget Sound. He presently works for the
Suquamish Indian Tribe directing salmon supplementation facilities and developing harvest management plans. He lives locally on the Kitsap
Please join us for a fun and educational 12-mile bike ride on May 12 to learn more about Bainbridge Island Watersheds! Visit our Project Page for Bike your Watershed to learn more.