Grants Database

Stillwaters Environmental Center
Amount Awarded:
Project Title:
Carpenter Creek Estuary Restoration, Research, & Monitoring Program
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2020
Water Resources/Watershed Protection ; Habitat/Wilderness/Preservation
Central Sound; map of Restoration sites.pdf ; Puget Sound
Appletree Cove
Carpenter Creek Estuary
Carpenter Lake
Carpenter Creek watershed
Kingfisher Creek
Crabapple Creek
Project Description:

This model restoration project in Central Puget Sound protects & restores over 30 acres of high quality estuarine habitat in this crucial location for migrating salmonids. Our estuary is one of the last refuges before the salmon head north into the Strait.

The MONITORING PROGRAM of the restoration project is critical to evaluation of the project effectiveness & in creating a reference site for restoration elsewhere around the Sound. We engage citizen-scientists & professionals, all volunteers, to conduct monitoring & research in the watershed on 20+ different parameters.

RESEARCH: We add parameters as need & interest arises, such as the ground water sampling to determine the freshwater seepage into the saltwater marsh, due to new housing developments next door. In 2020, we will coordinate the locations of data collection across the parameters, to demonstrate the interdependency of elements of the estuary.

A MODEL FOR OTHERS: In 2020, we continue to document our procedures & protocol for our citizen-based monitoring program, & we will share more of that on our website. When we started the salt marsh monitoring, we had no reference sites to access for protocol or comparison. We see a need to be a reference for other restoration around the Sound, especially citizen-based projects.

EDUCATION: We use this restoration program to educate interns & graduate research students from Western Washington University, from the University of Washington, & other universities. We offer field trip sites for the local schools from pre-school to college, & high school field studies for our Kingston High School students. We also educate local citizens on the importance of watershed protection at a community & at an individual level.