Harbor WildWatch’s (HWW) Community Science Experience (CSE) trains and guides citizens to collect meaningful scientific data at select south Puget Sound sites. This program includes beach monitoring at 10 locations, salmon observation, water quality monitoring, Rockfish surveys, beach clean-ups and, the newly added, sea bird and eelgrass surveys. Efforts in 2018-19 brought a total of 108 events with 1,506 community scientist participants. In 2020-21, HWW is seeking grant funding to fund existing CSE events, implement the newly developed monitoring protocol for eelgrass monitoring, expand the number of water quality sampling sites, continue to increase participation through improved promotion, and complete trend analysis of the last seven years of data using the GIS.
Community Science: Collecting Meaningful Data to Encourage Stewardship in the Salish Sea
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2020
Water Resources/Watershed Protection ; Environmental Education ; Habitat/Wilderness/Preservation ; Climate Change & Energy
South Sound; kgi watershed map.jpg ; HWW calls the Key Peninsula–Gig Harbor–Islands (KGI) Watershed within Pierce and Kitsap Counties home. The KGI watershed covers over 100,000 acres, with 179 miles of saltwater shoreline and 70,000 residents across two peninsulas and several islands.