Monitoring our projects is very important. Team members go into the field to monitor plant survival, local water quality and wildlife.
While StreamTeam projects are over 85% successful, continually monitoring the success of our tree plantings allows us to identify any potential issues that might be limiting our project success. Team members receive training to learn how to identify different causes of mortality while assisting in the scientific process.
StreamTeam members also enter the stream to assess biological, chemical, and physical parameters of both Salmon Creek and Lockwood Creek. Team members collect samples, take measurements, identify aquatic bugs and record general observations to gain a better understanding of the current water quality and the lasting effects of our restoration activities over time. Entering the stream is optional and the equipment is provided.
The StreamTeam and AmeriCorps members have teamed up with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to monitor returning steelhead populations in both Lockwood and Salmon Creek in Clark County. Teams of Stream Stewards enter the local streams to document the presence or absence of live fish and redds or fish spawning areas.
Steelhead and other anadromous fish (i.e. salmon) act as important indicator species in streams. Since the pattern and numbers of fish are connected to the quantity and quality of stream habitat, population counts are critical to gaining a better understanding of the health of the system and population.
Intermediate to advanced birders conduct bird counts at stream restoration sites in Clark County. Team members monitor specific sites within specific protocols to assess bird response to different types of stream restoration. Both breeding birds and waterfowl are monitored in partnership with Clark County Community Development.