Water Monitoring on Puget Creek

Sno-King Watershed Council spent a lovely late winter day training two fantastic volunteer groups for longterm water quality monitoring on Puget Creek as part of the Duwamish Tribe’s Ridge To River Trail Project.

Morning training included Duwamish Tribal members and employees as well as an Unleash the Brilliance teen working with Puget SoundKeeper’s Lost Urban Creeks program. Boy Scouts from Chief Seattle Council Troop 284 participated in afternoon training.

The Ridge to River Trail project includes a new trail that will cross Puget Creek several times as it connects the Duwamish Longhouse and Ha Ah Poos Park on the Duwamish Waterway with an existing network of trails within the West Duwamish Greenbelt. Increased connectivity in Seattle’s largest remaining section of contiguous forest will provide new opportunities for stewardship of both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, including water quality monitoring on Puget Creek.

Sno-King Watershed Council’s Eric Adman delivered the King County WaterWorks grant funded training. Volunteers learned how to sample and analyze creed water for constituents and conditions including dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH, conductivity, and turbidity.

“It was great to get some the boys some hands-on science experience in the field and connected with a meaningful service project,” said Jeannie Revello from Boy Scout Troop 284.

Sno-King Watershed Council is honored to partner with the Duwamish Tribe and other community partners, including Puget Soundkeeper, Unleash the Brilliance, and King County, to educate our communities about the importance of watershed health by engaging them with hands on, direct experience with the rivers, streams, and creeks in their neighborhoods.

Pictured: Sno-King Watershed Council water quality monitor training on Puget Creek in the Duwamish Watershed, Saturday, February 27, 2021.