|| August 8, 2013
Renee Scherdnik, Water Resource Specialist
360.337.5777 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers needed to help
monitor the health of streams in Kitsap County
(Kitsap County, WA) –
Kitsap County is looking for volunteers to help collect stream samples
to measure the health of Kitsap County watersheds. The Kitsap County
Surface and Stormwater Management’s (SSWM) watershed health monitoring
program uses aquatic insects and other macroinvertebrates as a
“bio-monitoring” tool to assess the health of Kitsap watersheds.
Forty-four sites on thirty-one streams are monitored. Sampling starts in
August, and stream samples are collected every one to three years. Refer
to the map link below to see monitoring sites.
Benthic macroinvertebrates are organisms that live a portion of their
life-cycle in or near the streambed and include insects, crustaceans,
worms, snails, and clams. These animals are collected, placed into
sample bottles, and sent to a lab for sorting and identification. The
lab sends back a report including a score of the biotic integrity.
Higher scores correspond to better stream “health.” A high scoring
stream generally has a diverse group of benthic macroinvertebrates
including many species that are sensitive to pollution.
"Collecting these samples is a great way to measure the health of our
streams,” says Mindy Fohn, Kitsap County SSWM Water-Quality Program
Manager. “The results from this monitoring will help us determine how
well we are restoring and preventing pollution in our waterways."
Kitsap County staff and volunteers collecting
benthic macroinvertebrate samples.
Benthic macroinvertebrate monitoring takes place Tuesdays through
Thursdays from August 15 through October 15, morning and afternoon shifts
are available. Each collection takes 2-3 hours. No experience is needed –
just the ability to walk along uneven stream beds and follow specific
For more information visit SSWM’s website at
Please contact Renee Scherdnik if you are interested in volunteering at
(360) 337-5777 or